Recently virtualization platforms have become incredibly valuable for companies as a way to increase IT network efficiency and reduce the fixed costs of running a business management system. The outdated multiple server environments that many companies used create incredible amounts of waste. Each server housed only a single application or operating system and the remaining space was unused free space. In addition IT administrators wound up spending the majority of their time performing maintenance on these machines rather than focusing on other areas of the business. Updating, archiving and backing up servers took up the majority of their time.
Switching to a virtualization platform allows companies to condense their operating systems and applications on to a single server, eliminating the wasted space that occurred in multiple server environments. It also allowed IT administrators to focus maintenance on a single machine rather than repeating the same actions on the many different machines their company used. The information that a company stored on their server could then be accessed by different virtual machines that shared the server’s resources. However like any technology problems do arise on virtualization platforms.
I/O bandwidth bottlenecks faster on virtual platforms because of accelerated fragmentation, virtual machine competition for shared I/O resources is not prioritized effectively across the virtual platform, and virtual disks that are set to dynamically grow do not resize when data is deleted only ever growing as information is added. These problems stop companies from realizing the maximum potential of their virtualization platforms.
To avoid these obstacles causing problems it is important to use a virtual platform disk optimizer on any virtualization platform. A virtual platform disk optimizer, like V-locity from Diskeeper Corporation, will remove these threats and allow the system to operate efficiently
V-locity uses a unique combination of software to combat these problems and provide the most efficient computing possible. IntelliWrite®
Systems that run special virtual disk types use Virtual Disk Intelligence to identify the special disk and cater specifically to the way that it works. This allows the platform to avoid data movement being recorded to “change disks” and provides maximum performance from the special disks. Because Thin/Dynamic disks that are set to resize only ever grow and do not shrink when data are deleted they accumulate free space “holes” that are never going to be reused. To solve this V-locity offers Virtual Disk Compaction, showing the free space that can be made available in a graphical user interface and providing a one-click option to begin the compaction process.
Not protecting a virtualization platform will result in the entire system slowing down and the advantages that virtualization offers being negated. Wasted space will accumulate on the disks and IT administrators will be forced to find ways to maintain the platform’s speed. Protecting the platform with V-locity is the only way that a company can be sure that they are getting maximum I/O speed out of their virtual servers.
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