Simplified Solutions

Virtualization

Simplify your IT infrastructure with proven virtualization solutions built on SBA Virtualization expertise on industry leading & proven virtualization and cloud platforms from IBM, VMware, Citrix & MS and the benefits include 

 

Data Center Virtualization helps customers to reduce capital expenses through server, storage consolidation and reduce operating expenses through automation, while minimizing lost revenue by reducing both planned and unplanned downtime. Successful Virtualization delivers 80% greater utilisation of server resources, up to 50% savings in capital & operating costs and 10:1 or better server consolidation ratio.

Server Virtualization: The architecture of today's x86 servers allows them to run only one operating system at a time. Server virtualization unlocks the traditional one-to-one architecture of x86 servers by abstracting the operating system and applications from the physical hardware, enabling a more cost-efficient, agile and simplified server environment. Using server virtualization, multiple operating systems can run on a single physical server as virtual machines, each with access to the underlying server's computing resources.

Server virtualization unleashes the potential of today's powerful x86 servers. Most servers operate less than 15 percent of capacity; not only is this highly inefficient, it also introduces server sprawl and complexity.

 

Storage Virtualization: Storage virtualization is part of the software-defined storage layer that must offer improvements in performance and space efficiency without requiring the purchase of additional storage hardware.

It must enable rapid provisioning so that high-performance, space-efficient storage can be spun up as fast as a VM can be spun up today. It must offer a VM-centric storage management model that is intuitive for virtual administrators who are taking on more of the storage management tasks in virtual environments. And it must integrate with the hypervisor platform to leverage familiar, native workflows.

Storage virtualization is a combination of capabilities that provide an abstraction layer for physical storage resources to be addressed, managed and optimized in a virtualization deployment.

Storage virtualization technology provides a fundamentally better way to manage storage resources for your virtual infrastructure, giving your organization the ability to:

  • Significantly improve storage resource utilization and flexibility
  • Simplify OS patching and driver requirements, regardless of storage topology
  • Increase application uptime and simplify day-to-day operations
  • Leverage and complement your existing storage infrastructure

 

Network Virtualization: Network Virtualization is the complete reproduction of a physical network in software. Virtual networks offer the same features and guarantees of a physical network, yet they deliver the operational benefits and hardware independence of virtualization—rapid provisioning, non disruptive deployment, automated maintenance and support for both legacy and new applications.

Network virtualization presents logical networking devices and services—logical ports, switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPNs and more—to connected workloads. Applications run on the virtual network exactly the same as if on a physical network.

You can create a highly scalable network fabric that provides greater levels operational efficiency and agility, faster provisioning, troubleshooting and cloning, with monitoring, QoS, and security all backed by industry leading network virtualization software’s with SBA’s implementation skills and expertise in this area.

 

Virtualization Management: Industry best practiced, adapted policy-based automation by ensuring compliance and performance with a zero-touch infrastructure through SBA’s virtualization management expertise.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: SBA’s VDI expertise and ability to understand your environment, size the right solution, linking the appropriate technology solution from a vendor specific to you environment, needs are the key factors to your successful VDI implementation project, thereby avoiding the common errors as stated above, committed by companies in such projects and shed the illusion and fear of implementing VDI plans of any organisation.

 

One of the fastest growing areas in technology today is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Companies large and small are now starting projects to move their desktops from a physical model to virtual to get the benefits of simplified desktop management, security, user portability and operating system migrations.

It is important from the start to plan and manage your VDI implementation properly to ensure success and most importantly to provide a good user experience. This is true regardless of which vendor solution is being implemented. It could be VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, Red Hat or another VDI technology. No matter who the vendor, there are some common mistakes made with Virtual Desktop projects. We will look at those and then look at the Steps to Success for a VDI Implementation as well as how to keep up the positive momentum in a VDI production environment.

Reasons for Poor VDI Projects:

  • Assuming Desktop Virtualization is just like Server Virtualization
  • Not Performing Initial and Repeated Assessments During the Project
  • Not Recognizing that User Groups Have Different Needs
  • Not Sizing/Designing the Infrastructure Properly
  • Not Virtualizing User-State to Leverage Shared- Image Strategies
  • Failing to Validate/Monitor the User Experience vs. physical desktops and SLAs

SBA’s expertise leads to your Success in VDI by:

  • Assessing Your Current Physical Desktops at the Project Outset and After
  • Designing Share-Image Strategy and Right-Size Infrastructure
  • Leveraging User-State Virtualization and Migrate User Profiles
  • Guiding user organisation to start with “Low Handing Fruit”. Validate, then Scale
  • Repeating 4-Step Process with each new Group of Users
  • Ongoing Monitoring to Validate Performance and User Experience
 

Summary: The key to a successful VDI implementation is following a simple approach regardless of how large or small the implementation is and what virtual desktop technology you are implementing. That first is to an assessment to understand your current physical environment and your requirements for VDI. Then look to implement a user-state virtualization technology to decouple your users from their desktops. Lastly monitor and validate your VDI implementation once you have gone live. Understand if the actual User Experience is what was expected. In the end it is the user’s and how well they are running and performing in a VDI environment that makes or breaks the success or a project.

Data Center Virtualization helps customers to reduce capital expenses through server, storage consolidation and reduce operating expenses through automation, while minimizing lost revenue by reducing both planned and unplanned downtime. Successful Virtualization delivers 80% greater utilisation of server resources, up to 50% savings in capital & operating costs and 10:1 or better server consolidation ratio.

These virtualized applications simply run better and provide high availability, disaster recovery, speed and agility as well as cloud-readiness. With the SBA sizing and integration expertise of various industry leading Tier 1 Application Virtualization solution built on you can enhance the quality of IT services delivered, while simplifying your infrastructure, maximizing efficiency and eliminating costly over-provisioning.

In order to maintain the required levels of QoS and SLA for these Tier 1 business applications in virtual environments, IT organizations must focus equally on the virtualization components of the project and on the robust management and monitoring of virtualized business applications, as well as on maintaining corporate guidelines for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Users are demanding. But satisfying these demands isn’t just ‘nice’ for the employee. It’s good for business. Not just in the man-hours saved, though that’s a pretty good reason. The benefits to IT managers and the business Wouldn’t it be great to manage thousands of users with the effort it takes to manage just one? With the inevitable migration to Windows current version to consider, as well as the wholesale adoption of Cloud computing, this is what IT managers have been dreaming of. In fact managing any application on a per-instance, per-device basis will become just an anecdote about ‘the bad old days’.

With 95 percent of companies reporting that they allow corporate network access from personal devices, and 66 percent of workers using two or more devices for work, today's IT teams face a host of challenges and opportunities with the "bring your own device" (BYOD) movement.

SBA’s expertise in BYOD, can provide your organisation employees with 24/7 access from any device, while still maintaining centralized control over device images, policies, security and delivery across the business. By focusing on centralized application and activity management instead of hardware provisioning and maintenance, a virtualized IT department is able to provide personalized end-user experiences for the workforce, with plenty of time left over to help grow the business.

Business Benefits

  • A happier workforce: Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS and Android devices supported
  • Up to 50 percent lower TCO for corporate desktop infrastructure
  • Ability to centrally deliver, migrate, and manage desktops and mobile environments
  • Improved business continuity, disaster recovery and data protection
  • Maximized business agility: new desktops deploy in less than eight minutes
  • IT personnel able to support 40 percent more end users

 

 

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