Mission critical applications are fueling the dramatic growth in data and processing within organizations. Such applications, from Supply Chain to ERP to CRM and more, have become the core of every business. The ability to provide these application services in a ubiquitous, always available way is crucial to successful business operations. Yet as data and application processing volumes increase, IT budgets are flat or down-leveled, creating a challenge for every IT organization.
Data Center Virtualization offers a beneficial solution to the challenge of lights out, always on, ubiquitous delivery of mission critical applications services.
Benefits of Data Center Virtualization for mission critical applications include:
Virtualization empowers new levels of reliability and cost effectiveness. By virtualizing resources, businesses achieve high availability without the cost of replicated systems or data centers.
- Redundancy is provided as an inherent aspect of a virtualized infrastructure. Rather than creating dedicated stand-by systems, redundancy comes from the virtualized servers, storage, and networks within the active IT infrastructure.
- Proactive, automated response to any component outages creates a lights out approach to availability. IT teams are notified of critical events so that they may respond appropriately, even as service levels are automatically maintained across the virtual architecture.
- Performance and availability of individual virtual machines helps the IT team more quickly identify and respond to application performance issues.
New instances of applications, additional instances for scale and application upgrades are accomplished transparently and quickly. For example, provisioning a new server to support applications such as SAP can occur within 30 minutes using the Cisco Unified Computing Service.
- Automated provisioning enables IT staff to create a profile for each application or service. By applying a profile to new servers, provisioning is fast and effective. By upgrading that profile and then applying it across all associated servers, application upgrades or changes are deployed seamlessly across the infrastructure.
- Application development is also enhanced since development servers they be temporarily provisioned and then returned to the server pool as needed.
Initial capital investments are reduced, thanks to the use of commodity blade servers and storage appliances. Traditional operating costs including power, cooling and data center space are reduced thanks to a virtualized, shared infrastructure.
Operating costs associated with IT personnel are dramatically reduced, since a small IT staff can effectively manage a wall large virtualized infrastructure. IT staff can now focus on next-generation services delivery rather than server and storage management.
It’s clear that virtualization is the solution we’ve all been waiting for to provide cost effective yet highly available, scalable and ubiquitous mission critical application service delivery.