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Virtualization can significantly reduce IT hardware costs and improve data center efficiencies

Virtualization at Cloud Expo

Virtualization can significantly reduce IT hardware costs and improve data center efficiencies.

Combining technologies like VMware and Pillar Axiom provides the benefits of virtualization at both the server and storage level, resulting in a compelling solution.

Benefits of such a virtualized infrastructure allow:

  1. Consolidation - Optimizing your Infrastructure
    Why build multiple systems with low utilization at high costs? The solution in a server world is virtualization. Consolidating multiple servers that provide different services onto a few high performance boxes can instantly optimize your environment and deliver savings. 
  2. Application-Aware Storage - Fulfilling the demands of your services
    In building out the infrastructure to optimize your applications and server, you also need a means of being able to differentiate between the service levels these applications require, thereby focusing more resources to important applications rather than treating all virtualized applications as equal. 
  3. Easy to Manage - Simplifying complex infrastructure
    Server virtualization helps simplify the management of large and complex infrastructures, freeing up administrators' time to focus on more proactive or critical tasks. By virtualizing multiple applications onto a single storage architecture you save time, effort, and training costs - and you reduce the possibility of errors by simplifying the environment. 
  4. Interoperability - Simplifying the transition to virtualization
    To eliminate the need to reinstall every existing physical server into a virtual environment, there are a number of physical to virtual migration tools at your disposal. This is no different on the storage side. 
  5. High Availability - Ensuring a protected infrastructure
    The architecture of virtual machines gives you new options that help you back up and restore systems quickly and easily. It also makes it easier to create high availability solutions than with physical servers. 
  6. Quick Recovery - Minimizing downtime
    In virtual infrastructure you can easily recover former states of server systems. Pillar Axiom does the same for storage with CDP, replication, and easy to use snapshots for fast creation of point-in-time images and full copies of data. 
  7. Modular Scalability - Ensuring your business does not get ahead of your infrastructure
    A huge benefit of virtual infrastructures is the ability to scale, so adding hosts means adding ground for virtual machines. As you scale the virtualized server infrastructure, Axiom allows you to scale both I/O bandwidth, performance and capacity in a predicable and simple manner. A single system can scale up to over 760 TB of usable capacity. 
  8. Future Flexibility - Take away the need for guesswork
    As your oganizational  requirements change, demands on IT change, so it's good to have a flexible infrastructure. Virtualized, hardware-independent server systems with flexible Pillar Axiom storage solutions are an important part of the virtualized enivronement because application changes are not bound to physical servers.
  9. Automate - Taking the effort out of management
    Virtualization products like VMware are a perfect fit for Axiom. Pillar provides a pwoer command line interface that works with the VMware API to easily perform common tasks like LUN provisioning. There is also an intuitive GUI and Pillar's Dynamic Performance Manager that allow you to create automated policies and reduce the complexity normally associated with storage administration. 
  10. Eco-Friendly - Green is the color of the modern data center
    Virtualization, along with consolidation, reduces the amount of physical hardware within a data center which can lead to cost savings in terms of power and cooling- this will help to deliver better utilization of the physical system. You can operate your data center cost effectively and ecologically minded because of the superior utilization of the disk space, the multi-tiering and multi-protocol ability in conjuction with features like thin provisioning. 
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