VMware virtualisation technology has been the hot item in the world of IT procurement for the past several years, and it is finally beginning to become a requirement for most large business networks as a way to centralise IT and promote efficiency, as well as save costs on IT personnel. Instead of maintaining many pieces of hardware all around the office, you maintain a single piece of very powerful hardware, loaded with a VMware hypervisor, which sends a virtual machine to every workstation in the office. Employees work from workstations as normal, but instead of utilising a tower by their desks, their screen and keyboard connect via the network back to the central piece of hardware that supervises and powers all the computing operations going on in the workplace.
Another qualification for using VMware virtualisation technology is that it helps your business to save energy and "go green." Green IT servers are always going to be the ones that maximise efficiency. It is always more environmentally friendly to keep two servers than it is to keep four servers. Green IT servers can send a virtual machine anywhere in the company, centralising the network and preventing you from having to have multiple servers in different locations.
VMware's business server products include ESX, vCenter Converter and vSphere, each of which plays an integral role in a 21st century workplace environment. ESX is the program that you need to install on the main server or servers overseeing your whole workplace operation. It is the hypervisor, which sends a virtual machine to every user on the network.
vCenter Converter allows you to merge an existing physical network into a virtual network, lets you connect any type of virtual network to a VMware network, and is vital for configuring ESX-based virtual servers to work through a variety of network architectures. Because it is impractical for most businesses to completely revamp their existing networks, the vCenter Converter lets a company make the conversion slowly, bit by bit.
Meanwhile, vSphere takes VMware virtualisation technology to the next level, and lets you connect your internal virtual business network to the Internet at large. Marketed as one of the first "cloud operating systems," vSphere is vital for IT professionals who want to be able to manage the ESX hypervisor program. vSphere is the centralised interface from which you can engage with every virtual machine in your business network.
If you're looking to maintain a small, medium or large business network with green IT servers, maximal efficiency and complete, centralised control, VMware is the only way to go. Check out our VMware virtualisation technology programs today!