Solutions

Redpalm’s range of Solutions are targeted at offering customers the means to implement effective and progressive technology changes within their business - to a deadline and within budget.

A server environment that flexes with your business

Are you looking to virtualise your server environment? Or perhaps you’re looking to refresh your current virtual machines. Whatever your virtual server needs, Redpalm has extensive experience in designing, deploying and supporting virtualised environments. Our team of virtualisation specialists have a wealth of technical skills and experience and can advise on solutions from all the leading virtualisation vendors including Vmware, Microsoft, HP, Dell, IBM, Citrix, Acronis, VEEAM, and many more.

Summary

Almost all large organisations are now running virtual server environments, and the majority of mid-market end users have either implemented virtualisation or are planning to at some stage, while increasing number of smaller companies are now adopting the technology. A properly planned for and implemented virtualization project brings with it a great many advantages, but it is important to set a realistic level of expectation, and plan carefully to avoid the traps that many fall into, and understand what the issues are to watch out for.

What is Server Virtualisation?

Server Virtualisation is where multiple server environments (Windows, Linux etc) can be housed on a single piece of physical hardware. In this way, two Linux servers and a Windows server running on three separate machines could be virtualized and run on a single blade server box. “Virtual machine” is the term applied to the server environments running on a piece of hardware. So, in the example mentioned, the Linux and Windows servers running on a single blade server would be referred to as virtual machines. This is achieved by introducing a thin layer over the physical server. This layer partitions the physical server into separate areas that the virtual servers then run on. Computing resources from the underlying server are viewed as a pool of resources which can then be shared among the virtual machines sitting on top. With the exception of that sharing of computing resources, each virtual server acts as its own entity; problems with an application on one server do not affect other virtual machines on that same physical server.

How Redpalm Can help

If you are moving to a virtual environment for the 1st time, we appreciate that it is a very big step for any IT department, which is why every Redpalm virtualisation specialist and technical consultant will always ensure that you are not swept away by unrealistic expectations and that you understand all the potential pitfalls, so that they can be avoided and you are happy with the eventual outcome. We strongly recommend to all our customers, before embarking on a virtualisation project, to conduct a capacity planning exercise, and our highly trained specialists will be able to advise on how to do this. Things to consider that are often overlooked (which we will always go through in detail) include Software costs/licensing, training, management, high consolidation expectations, upfront hardware investment, and Legacy support systems.

Repalm prefers to take the view that we should lay all the facts out for our customers and allow them to then make an informed decision. We will never sell you a virtualisation solution you don’t need and will always make a point of telling you any potential threats, and not just the advantages of virtualisation. If you want to discuss your requirements or simply bounce some ideas off somebody, please get in touch and one of our virtualisation specialists will be more than happy to help in any way they can.