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Virtualisation

Abstracting software from its underlying hardware is a key factor in the ability to make better use of available resource, whether it’s in the server, storage or networking space, or more appropriately, the confluence of these areas.

At its foundation, the idea of virtualisation is the process of making software talk to hardware in such a way that individual instances of software run as if they have exclusive access to the system’s underlying hardware. In this way,multiple software instances can be run on one hardware installation, offering significant savings on hardware costs while still getting the necessary work done. 

To illustrate the concept, imagine 100 children being driven to school by their parents. 

That means 100 individual cars per run that take up lots of space on the road and in parking lots, use a great deal of fuel and cause a lot of pollution. Now imagine that same 100 children being driven in on a bus; they all get to their destination in a timely manner, just in a single vehicle at a far lower space, fuel and energy cost. Each child gets to school as if the entire vehicle was just for them, but it takes only one bus to deliver all 100 kids to their destination. In a similar fashion, that’s how virtualisation works.

In the late 00s, when the concept of virtualisation really started taking off, it was all about consolidating server hardware to save on costs. The idea was to run multiple virtualised servers in such a way that the underlying hardware was constantly performing at its peak, rather than having multiple servers that sometimes sat idle. This aimed to help businesses lower their running costs by eliminating unnecessary server hardware.

In 2017, virtualisation is a much bigger concept, encompassing far more than just server hardware.  Today, we’re able to virtualise networks, servers and storage subsystems in such a way that software can be used to provision whatever is needed from a single interface.

Aptronics has a team of experts who are all intimately familiar with the ins and outs of both traditional and modern virtualisation, as they’ve been doing it for years and are ready to design and deploy versatile solutions to meet any virtualisation needs businesses may have.

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