What is Virtual Infrastructure?Virtual infrastructure provides a layer of abstraction between the computing, storage and networking hardware, and the software that runs on it. Virtual infrastructure simplifies IT so companies leverage their storage, network, and computing resources to control costs and respond faster. In a virtual infrastructure, users see resources as if they were dedicated to them. The administrator manages and optimizes resources globally across the enterprise.
Why is Virtual Infrastructure Important?VMware's virtual infrastructure architecture enables business to lower IT cost through increased efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness. Managing a virtual infrastructure enables IT to connect resources to business needs quickly. With virtual infrastructure, IT organizations can provision new services and change the amount of resources dedicated to a software service. Your data center can be treated as a single pool of processing, storage and networking power. Adopting virtual infrastructure lets IT be responsive to business needs:
- 60-80% utilization rates for Intel servers up from today's 5-15%
- Provisioning times for new applications measured in tens of seconds, not days
- Response times for change requests measured in minutes
- Zero-downtime hardware maintenance without waiting for maintenance windows
How Virtual Infrastructure WorksThe VMware virtual hardware platform implemented by VMware's virtual machines makes virtual infrastructure possible. It creates a uniform hardware image – implemented in software – that operating systems and applications run on. On top of this platform, VMware's family of products provides management and provisioning of virtual machines, continuous workload consolidation across physical servers and VMotion™ technology for virtual machine mobility.
With virtual infrastructure, IT organizations can provision new services and change the amount of resources dedicated to a software service. Hardware management is completely separated from software management, and hardware equipment can be treated as a single pool of processing, storage and networking power to be allocated and de-allocated on the fly to various software services.
How Can VMware Help You?VMware helps enterprises lower costs, respond faster and deliver flexible and consistent IT .
- You don't pay for what you don't need
- You get more out of your IT investment dollars
- Easier to separate the strategic IT investments from the commodity IT functions
Respond faster to business demand
- Integration with partners and customers is easier
- Expansion or M&A activities can happen faster
- Resources can be deployed or moved quickly to the business units that need them
Deliver IT that's more flexible and consistent
- Leverages technologies you are already investing in: SAN, vLAN
- Gives you lower-cost platform options
- It lowers risk and increases responsiveness