Virtualization

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Virtualization is the abstraction of computing resources across physical hardware, and is gaining rapid adoption in the marketplace, as organizations seek to expand capabilities while controlling complexity & costs.

There are many virtualization products available, which complicates the process of developing a virtualization plan, but North American Systems International has the technical and industry know-how that can help you design a solution that best enables you to maximize control and manage costs.

North American Systems is an Enterprise-level Solution Provider of VMware virtualization solutions, and has demonstrated our expertise in leveraging VMware technologies by earning VMware’s Infrastructure Virtualization Competency.

Citrix Silver Solution Advisor LogoNorth American Systems is also a Certified Citrix Solution Advisor partner, and are qualified to assess, plan and deploy virtualization solutions based on Citrix technologies as well.

We have implemented a number of virtualization solutions that leverage IBM Power Systems and PowerVM virtualization technologies to consolidate multiple workloads onto one virtualized Power platform.

Virtualization Benefits

Consolidate

The main benefit of virtualization is the ability to utilize one system for multiple applications and uses. Servers can be virtualized to run multiple operating systems, disk arrays can be virtualized to host the data for multiple applications, and a single system can be virtualized to serve a host of desktop machines.

Virtualization saves costs by reducing redundant hardware components while minimizing maintenance, power & cooling requirements. Computing resources can be provisioned across various workloads to reduce unused capacity.

Simplify

Minimizing the number of physical systems reduces complexity, enabling administrative staff to centrally manage & provision computing power.

With a top-down view of resource utilization, staff can proactively approach potential issues before they become problems, and enact policies and procedures to monitor, anticipate and prevent administrative nightmares.

Maximize Availability

Virtualization can figure prominently into business continuity plans by simplifying the tasks of performing remote replication for disaster recovery scenarios, or having a mirrored failover system available for high availability requirements.

Gain Flexibility & Agility

Virtualization technology allows IT departments to rapidly plan, test and deploy new applications, enabling new virtual systems to be quickly created for the testing and staging of new solutions prior to implementation.

In addition, computing resources can be dynamically allocated computing resources, to align IT with business requirements.

Virtualization Solutions

Server Virtualization

One of the most common ways to leverage virtualization is with server consolidation. Virtualizing servers increases resource utilization, increase flexibility, and reduce costs.

Storage Virtualization

Storage virtualization with technologies like SAN & NAS allow for the use of a disk array to be used across multiple applications and servers. With storage virtualization, multiple storage systems can be pooled together with storage consolidation to reduce complexity and enhance data protection.

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop virtualization enables user setttings, data and applications to be placed on a centralized server and acessed remotely with a variety of devices.

Desktop virtualization helps reduce capital expenditures, minimize operating expenditures, and increase productivity.

PCs, thin clients, or mobile devices can be used to access users’ personal desktop environment, and support costs can be significantly reduced by centralizing desktop access.

NASI Virtualization Services

North American Systems has been integrating virtualization solutions for over ten years. We have the certified consultants and technical staff to help review an IT departments current infrastructure, and determine how virtualization can be leveraged for:

  • test & development environments
  • high availability and disaster recovery
  • storage virtualization
  • IT simplification
  • power & cooling cost reduction
  • backup optimization

Leveraging virtualization to consolidate servers provides IT departments with benefits including: simplified management, increased resource utilization, and streamlined provisioning of resources for test and development.

North American Systems is enabling IT departments to expand the adoption of virtualization beyond lab environments, and into production servers running mission-critical applications.
In addition, North American Systems is helping IT department to use virtualization technology to aid the adoption of new applications, like disaster recovery and DR automation, in environments where it would have been too cost-prohibitive and complex to implement prior to virtualization.
NASI is also helping customers to extend the benefits of virtualization to storage, with innovative technologies like application-aware storage. Also, we are helping companies implement desktop virtualization technologies to securely deliver applications for any user, using any device, anywhere.