Virtualzation for San Francisco Bay Area
First introduced by VMware over a decade ago, server virtualization has become commonplace, increasing server hardware utilization, reducing power and cooling requirements, and enabling high availability and advanced disaster recovery options. Virtualization reduces server count and accelerates provisioning and management resulting in both CapEx and OpEx savings. Multiple virtual machines can run on every physical server enabling higher performance and resource utilization.
The core of virtualization is the “virtual machine” or VM, an isolated instance of an operating system and application. A thin software layer called a hypervisor allows many of these VMs to run side by side on a single host computer. CPU, RAM, disk, and network resources are dynamically allocated to the VMs as needed.
- Many applications on few servers
- Maximum server utilization with minimum server count.
- Faster and easier application and resource provisioning.
Used by more than 350,000 customers from small businesses to Fortune 500, vSphere is the foundation of their software defined datacenter platform. Its advantages include:
- Bare metal hypervisor with high security.
- Live VM migration to eliminate application downtime for server maintenance.
- Automatic load balancing to align resource utilization with business priorities.
- Broad guest OS support.
- Innovative storage management with integrated cluster file system.
Microsoft’s latest virtualization platform part of Windows Server 2012 R2 and offers server consolidation and enables private and hybrid clouds. Advanced management capabilities are provided by Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. The Hyper-V architecture is shown below:
Which is Best?
As with most non-trivial decisions, the answer is “it depends”. The decision on a hypervisor must be based on much more than simply the feature list of the individual products. Each IT environment hosts different hardware and delivers a unique mix of IT services that may rely on a mix of operating systems. Licensing of guest operating systems may also be a factor as will the expertise of internal IT staff.
Forte has deployed full scale data centers on both VMware and Hyper-V. Our deeply experienced engineering staff can share their experiences with both platforms to determine which is ideally suited to your environment.
Why Choose Forte?
For more than 28 years we have served the IT needs of San Francisco Bay Area businesses. We are both a VMware Enterprise Partner and Microsoft Partner and out engineers have years of experience deploying, configuring, optimizing, and supporting virtual environments on both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V on the latest compute and stoarge platforms.
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Virtualization Solutions for San Francisco Bay Area Businesses
We provide remote and on site virtualization engineering throughout the greater San Francisco region, including:
- Berkeley, Emeryville
- Oakland, Alameda
- San Leandro
- Walnut Creek
- Concord, Martinez
- Richmond, Hercules
- Dublin, San Ramon
- San Francisco
- South San Francisco
- San Mateo
- Foster City
- Redwood City
- San Bruno
- San Rafael
- Santa Rosa
- San Jose
- Silicon Valley
- Santa Clara
- Fremont, Milpitas
- Palo Alto
- Menlo Park
- Mountain View
- Santa Cruz