Virtualisation is the process of creating and migrating multiple operating systems in one physical system. Historically our clients were bound by physical computing constraints such as storage, hardware and software costs and capacity when planning and designing an infrastructure. The emergence of virtual environments that perform the same function as traditional physical servers and the process of virtualisation of existing environments has greatly improved the flexibility of existing infrastructure while reducing the demand for hardware and software upgrades. Today more can be done with less infrastructure as organisations are able to provide multiple diverse services from the same physical server where historically they would have required several lower-spec servers.
An example of Virtualisation involved a Wellington primary school which was faced with the expensive prospect of a server upgrade. Like a lot of schools hardware aged faster than the schools’ ability to replace it. Business Mechanix was engaged to provide a solution that enabled the school to continue to deliver the services it needed to with lower investment. Working closely with their IT we were able to demonstrate to the board that virtualisation of the existing environments reduced hardware and software costs associated with ongoing server maintenance and produced a greater return on investment than continued hardware replacement. The project involved the creation of new virtual environments and the migration of existing physical environments into them. The school continues to use and exploit its virtual infrastructure.
About Business Mechanix:
Business Mechanix has been virtualising physical environments for over four years. Every one of our consultants is familiar with the manipulation and creation of virtual environments with over 85% of our own internal environments being virtual environments.
- Upgrading servers from aging physical infrastructure to virtual machines.
- Migrating applications, data and users from a physical to a virtual machine
- Designing, implementing and supporting the move to a Hyper-V environment
- Documenting physical and virtual infrastructure
- Designing infrastructure to capitalise on infrastructure investments