Multiple server environments were the standard for many years because they allowed companies to securely store information in different places. However, spreading information across multiple servers accrued a significant amount of wasted space that was never going to be used. The machines also severely limited the amount of time that IT administrators had to focus on other aspects of the business.
Applications and operating systems are stored on their own dedicated servers in a multiple server environment. While this kept the file separate in case of a virus or other problem, the space that they did not use on the server was often left unused. This creates a lot of extra space that companies were paying for but unable to capitalize on by storing information. At the same time, with many different servers, IT admins were forced to spend the majority of their time updating, backing up, archiving and performing general maintenance on the machines. This severely limited their ability to focus on improving other aspects of improving the company.
A virtualization platform allows companies to condense their operating systems and applications onto a single server. The information on the server can then be accessed by different virtual machines that share the resources of the single server. This allows the company to maximize the space that they have on the server and eliminate wasted space. It also frees IT admins from taking so much of their time caring for multiple machines.
There are several obstacles that must be overcome for a virtual platform to operate at maximum efficiency. I/O bandwidth bottlenecks faster due to accelerated fragmentation, virtual machine competition for shared I/O resources is not prioritized effectively across the platform and virtual disks that are set to dynamically grow do not resize when data are deleted. These problems can affect the speed and storage efficiency of a virtualization platform and must be eliminated to achieve maximum efficiency.
To avoid these obstacles it is important for a company to install a virtual platform disk optimizer on their virtualization platform. A virtualization platform disk optimizer like V-locity from Diskeeper Corporation will make sure that the system is running as smoothly as possible.
V-locity uses a unique combination of technology to provide results. IntelliWrite®
Companies that use special virtual disk types can take advantage of Virtual Disk Intelligence, technology that allows V-locity to determine what type of disk is being used and work with the special disk to provide optimum performance and speed. To eliminate wasted free space V-locity provides Virtual Disk Compaction. When a Thin/Dynamic disk does not shrink after data are deleted free space accumulates that will never be used again. V-locity provides a graphical user interface to identify this wasted space and a one-click option to begin the compaction process.
The switch to a virtual platform is a must for any company that wants to eliminate needless expenses and give their IT employees more time to focus on streamlining business operations. To make sure that they get the most out of the virtual platform it is important that a company installs a virtual platform disk optimizer and V-locity is the only way to achieve maximum I/O performance from your virtual machines.
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