Virtualisation

Server Case UK are specialists in server and desktop virtualisation software and hardware.

For over 12 years Server Case UK has been working closely with virtualisation software from major vendors such as vmware and Citrix.

We are vmware and Citrix partners and we employ certified sales professionals and technical staff to both assist with the sale and support of all virtualisation technologies we supply.

We are able to provide licensing, however our strength lies in providing fully built solutions configured to our clients exact requirements.

We aren’t just box shifters either – We design and build virtualised environments for our customers for all manner of purposes. Our specialist markets we work in including CCTV, ANPR, Broadcast and Datacentre, however we can design and deploy solutions for any intended use case.

Virtualisation has been around for a while now and is a must for any business that is conscious of both cost, expandability and reliability – the main benefits of virtualisation.

We work with customers of all sizes, from small businesses through to very large government/university and datacentres, providing both licensing and hardware.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What is virtualisation?

Virtualisation for servers is running more than one server on a single piece of equipment. The immediate advantage is an immediately lower cost of ownership from both a maintenance point of view as well as the capital cost of the hardware.

A secondary advantage of virtualisation is availability and reliability. “Virtual Machines” (e.g. a virtual server) can be easily ported from one server to another. This is especially useful for migrating to newer more powerful hardware, but also means in the event of a hardware failure a virtual machine can usually be moved to another working system and the system can be back up and running quickly. Virtual Machines are not hardware dependent, meaning you could move them around fairly easily. Depending on the complexity of your environment, technologies can be used for almost seamless automatic transfer in the event of both hardware failure or when further resources are needed.

2Why Virtualise?

To answer this question simply – Do you have more than one server? If you do, then it’s often more cost effective to run fewer servers than many. This means less to maintain, less to go wrong and fewer headaches – Literally that simple!

3Can I migrate my existing physical servers to a virtualised environment?

Absolutely – This is called P2V – Physical to Virtual. Vmware, for example, have developed a simple tool you would install on physical hosts. This would “copy” the physical system over to the destination virtual server, creating a virtual machine in the process. Only very minor adjustments are needed on the virtual server, primarily networking and within a very short amount of time you can start the virtual server – running exactly as it did when it was running on its own physical hardware.

4What about backups?

We can help with that too. Backing up a virtual machine is much easier than doing a bare-metal backup of a physical server. We are veeam partners, the leading manufacturer of virtualisation backup software. Their software is extremely simple to use – Install it on a physical server, choose the virtual machines on the virtual server to backup, choose where to backup to (this would typically be to the local disks on the veeam server) and then hit go. This will take a snapshot of the virtual machine, compress it and save it locally. If the virtual server fails this backup can be restored to another virtual server, for example. There are other features in veeam including replication, so for more cost-savvy environments, whilst a backup can also be created, at the same time the virtual servers can be “mirrored” over to a second virtual server. This second virtual server could be located locally or even in the cloud or at a datacentre in a private location.

5How do I get started?

Just give us a call and one of our virtualisation sales professionals would be happy to discuss your requirements. Don’t worry if you’re new to virtualisation, we are happy to talk you through exactly how it works and if it is right for your environment.

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