Virtualization is a form of partitioning allowing multiple virtual machines to be run on the same physical platform, unaware and, essentially, unaffected by each other's presence. The end result is less hardware, more stability and lower operational costs.
Data Center and Server Solutions
Virtualization dramatically improves the efficiency and availability of resources and applications in your organization. Internal resources are underutilized under the old "one server, one application" model and IT admins spend too much time managing servers rather than innovating. An automated datacenter, built on a VMware virtualization platform, lets you respond to market dynamics faster and more efficiently than ever before. VMware Infrastructure delivers resources, applications, even servers, when and where they're needed. VMware customers typically save 50-70% on overall IT costs by consolidating their resource pools and delivering highly available machines with VMware Infrastructure.
- Reduce capital costs by requiring less hardware and lowering operational costs while increasing your server to admin ratio
- Ensure your enterprise applications perform with the highest availability and performance
- Build up business continuity through improved disaster recovery solutions and deliver high availability throughout the datacenter
- Improve desktop management with faster deployment of desktops and fewer support calls due to application conflicts
- Create a "greener" approach to computing by minimizing power consumption by powering and cooling fewer servers
Sentinel also offers Vmware's latest entry into their family of virtualization products, Vmware vSphere. VMware vSphere is the industry's first cloud operating system, transforming IT infrastructures into a private cloud, a collection of internal clouds federated on-demand to external clouds,delivering IT infrastructure as an easily accessible service. Enable the next generation of flexible, reliable IT services with the efficiency and low cost of cloud computing, featuring uncompromising control over service levels.
For more information, go to: http://www.vmware.com/virtualization/
Desktop Virtualization (VDI) - Vmware VIEW and Citrix Xen
Deliver rich, personalized virtual desktops to any device with all the benefits of centralized enterprise desktop management.
The VMware View portfolio of products lets IT run virtual desktops in the datacenter while giving end users a single view of all their applications and data in a familiar, personalized environment on any device at any location. Get greater flexibility, reliability, efficiency and security managing desktops and applications from the datacenter.
Citrix XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization solution that transforms Windows desktops and applications into an on-demand service available to any user, anywhere, on any device. With XenDesktop, you can securely deliver individual Windows, web and SaaS applications, or full virtual desktops, to PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones, laptops and thin clients—all with a high-definition user experience.
- Lower costs by centralizing management, administration and resources
- Increase security by moving data from desktop devices into the datacenter
- Improve business agility with faster provisioning and user flexibility with universal access
For more on VMware View, go to: http://www.vmware.com/products/view/
For more on Citrix Xen, click here.
Server Consolidation is more than just reducing the number of servers in your environment - It's about spending less, using fewer resources and improving service levels via virtualization. Server Consolidation puts customers back in control of their IT environment with:
- Reduced hardware costs by as much as 80% - better hardware utilization reduces server expenditures and server space requirements by 50% or more. Maintenance costs on older servers with expired warranties are also reduced as virtualization allows for easier refreshment of server hardware.
- Lower disaster recovery costs - disaster Recovery Planning can be an expensive endeavor for most companies because of the hardware costs and facility space required to replicate an entire environment offsite. By moving to a virtualized environment, these costs are drastically reduced.
- Reduced System Management Costs - a common interface to access and monitor all operating systems combined with less hardware to monitor and support results in significant yearly savings.
- Rapid centralized deployment - properly implemented, server deployment is reduced to minutes rather than weeks, making IT truly on demand. In an optimized environment, creating and maintaining a standard image is not time consuming because the image is detached from the hardware platform.
- Ease of manageability for system administrators - A complete Server Consolidation project ensures that all servers virtualized or standalone are easily managed, reducing administrator costs or freeing up your staff to focus on projects important to your business.
For more information, go to: http://www.vmware.com/solutions/consolidation/
Unified Computing System
The Cisco Unified Computing System is the next-generation data center platform. Designed to improve IT responsiveness to rapidly changing business demands, it accelerates the delivery of new services simply, reliably, and securely, through end-to-end provisioning and migration support for both virtualized and non-virtualized systems.
The Cisco Unified Computing System delivers the next step in the Data Center 3.0 vision. It unifies network, compute, storage access, and virtualization resources in a cohesive system to:
- Reduce total cost of ownership
- Increase business agility
- Improve productivity
Based on industry standards, the Unified Computing System is designed to:
- Streamline data center resources
- Scale service delivery
- Radically reduce the number of devices requiring setup, management, power/cooling, and cabling
For more info, go to: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns944/#~product
To see how Cisco is changing the economics of the data center, click here: http://www.cisco.com/web/solutions/data_center/unifiedcomputing_promo.html
The challenges of managing information have become so complex that nothing short of an IT transformation is required to meet them. That transformation has begun: IT is adopting a private cloud model that delivers IT as a service—internally, externally by a service provider, or in combination. Too many IT architectures have evolved haphazardly, with locked-in vendors, monolithic environments, rising procurement and management costs, growing complexity, and service-level agreements that are increasingly difficult to meet. Private cloud requires a new way of thinking about how to unify the technology beneath units of infrastructure and how to deliver IT as a service to users. The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition— a joint partnership formed by Cisco, EMC, and VMware—addresses the challenges of infrastructure virtualization.
This unique collaboration in development and services reduces risk for companies that want to transform their infrastructures for the private cloud.
Private clouds harness the power of virtualization to place considerable business benefits within reach, including:
- Efficiency: Vblock is the only platform built from the most efficient virtualization solution, converged server and network platform, and enterprise storage. Vblock is jointly integrated over years to form the most efficient private cloud architecture and platform that includes enterprise data protection, management and security.
- Control: Vblock is the only platform that blends cloud computing with integrated, consistent enterprise security and compliance, comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities, performance, consumption, and mobility management, management uniformity and consistency of infrastructure elements, a single services and support model, and finally, IT agility and responsiveness to changing priorities for faster deployment and scalability.
- Choice: Vblock is the only integrated solution that allows customers to choose the right market-leading technology for the most efficient IT infrastructure, the right IT consumption model, and the right partner from a rich partner ecosystem.
While many business leaders want the benefits of private clouds now, some vendors that support IT operations today are not set up to make IT successful in this transition. Today’s integrated offerings can result in vendor lock-in rather than a truly integrated offering of best-in-class capabilities, impeding IT's ability to easily migrate workloads, incorporate new applications, and upgrade operating systems. With solutions that integrate individual components, enterprise IT can reduce complexity and risk while delivering lower total cost of ownership (TCO).