We help you reduce the operating costs and energy use of your server infrastructure!

Take a guess, what percentage of an average server is normally used, what is the average CPU usage?

100%? – Cold, cold, very cold…

80%? – Still cold.

50%? – Not even lukewarm.

We’ll let you into a secret: an average server will do good to reach 20% in terms of its utilisation.

This means that the server does not exploit its available performance for virtually all of its operating time, and in terms of its average load only about 20% of its CPU resources are used.

Of course there are – a few – applications that constantly keep servers running at a high level, or periodically use all of the available CPU capacity for “peak loads”. Fact is though, the majority of servers run at well below their actual capacity and performance. 

Why is this detrimental and costly for you?

Unused server = money out the window

Unused server = money out the window

When the server is idle or running at a low load or capacity:

  • it consumes electricity and draws electric power;
  • it generates heat loss, and “heats” the server room;
  • it requires IT operation and monitoring;
  • a server running at a marginal load requires the same space and infrastructure in a server room (cables, network, power, console, etc.) as servers running at high capacity.

These result in significant costs that translate into services at a very low rate of efficiency.

What is more, the majority of these costs (e.g. electricity and cooling, server room installation costs) are difficult for an IT policymaker to take into consideration, and so they are often omitted from normal cost calculation.

 

 

The good news is, most of this ineffective expense can be saved!

Server virtualisation offers a great solution to this problem.

We combine several separate physical servers (separate hardware and software environments) on a common server (common physical hardware). These previous servers share these physical resources (processor, memory and disk capacity) in a virtualised and still separate software environment, and run on the same platform. What used to be physical servers become virtual servers and virtual machinesThe resources of this common server are utilised to a much higher level because they are supporting not just one service but all of the virtualised servers running on the physical server (virtual server). A special operating system optimised for virtualisation runs on the common server.

The loads of the individual virtual machines differ from one another in terms of time, and so their periods of higher and lower loads compensate for one another to some extent – this means the consolidated and aggregate peak load will be smaller than the maximums of the individual loads (“consolidation effect”).

Since hardware sizing is based on peak load, the virtualisation results in savings thanks to this “consolidation effect”.

So what does your company stand to benefit from virtualisation?

  1. Fewer servers can perform the same tasks
  2. You receive a uniform, central server monitoring solution for a large number of virtual servers
  3. A new server or a new server environment can be installed in a matter of seconds
  4. Fewer administrators and operators can supervise a large number of servers

The process of moving a server from a physical server to a common virtualisation platform is called server virtualisation. In terms of virtualisation we also talk about server consolidation, when we combine server functions on a common server.

 

Modern server virtualisation solutions to reduce costs

Modern server virtualisation solutions to reduce costs

This consequently raises the capacity and resource utilisation of the physical hardware and consolidated virtualisation server, simplifies its operation and lowers costs.

A consolidation process does not necessarily imply buying a larger server; existing servers with unused capacity and smaller but modern servers also offer a great opportunity to combine server functions and enhance efficiency.

Implementing a server consolidation project not only optimises costs, IT infrastructure and operation also become more rationalised, streamlined and efficient.

Virtual environments are significantly easier to run too

Simpler operation in virtualised environment

Simpler operation in virtualised environment

By using virtualisation and consolidation tools we can create data centres in which functions customary of conventional environments can be executed much more quickly, while server monitoring and configuration are much easier than in a traditional framework:

  • Setting up a traditional server installation generally takes hours, while in a virtualised setting it is a matter of seconds.
  • Monitoring traditional servers requires a great deal of configuration, but with virtual servers this can be managed with centralised monitoring and minimum changes.
  • Disaster-tolerant platforms are complicated and tricky to set up in a traditional environment, but much easier in a virtualised framework.

Why choose Areus Zrt. as your professional partner to create or further develop a virtual environment?

Our company has major references in setting up virtualised environments. The specialists working at Areus Zrt. have all the relevant qualifications in this field and can put their extensive professional experience to use in resolving your virtualisation problems.

Areus Zrt. offers you a free assessment of your infrastructure and gives recommendations on both introducing virtualisation solutions as well as optimising the running of existing virtual environments.

 

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