Virtualization SolutionsThe growth and improvements in server virtualization mean your data is safer than ever. In the beginning, server virtualization let you separate your applications and operating systems from the hardware layer of your server. This gave the IT world the ability to upgrade or trade out server hardware with limited to no downtime.
Now server virtualization gives better uptime to your end users, something that physical server installations can’t do. It also provides seamless disaster recovery capability. These new features are affordable for the budgets of many small businesses, not just global 500 companies.
VMware is the undeniable leader in the virtualization market. VMware comes at a higher upfront investment than other solutions; however, with the best-in-class feature set and the easiest management tools, the return on investment easily outpaces your initial cost. VMware’s only product is virtualization, and they have more than perfected the art. If you need an easy to manage virtualization option built to scale, then VMware is for you.
Microsoft Hyper-V is second in market share for virtualization. Hyper-V is tied to its operating system, so Microsoft updates Hyper-V with features when they release a new version of their server operating system. Hyper-V is free with basic management features, and many IT shops work well with these standard elements. If you need more advanced management offerings, you can purchase Microsoft System Center. Hyper-V is for you if you have a deep knowledge base in Microsoft products and you need to get into virtualization at a low cost