Virtualisation allows a single physical server to host multiple operating systems on a single piece of hardware, in completely isolated containers.
Installing traditional physical servers typically requires a separate physical server for each server role. Utilising our virtual server technology, the number of physical servers can be greatly reduced, as server roles are consolidated down onto fewer physical servers.
Virtualisation will result in improved resource utilisation and lower capital expenses due to more efficient uses of hardware resources.
If the scale of your business operations fluctuates or you are likely to expand, you can tap into our cloud resource as and when you need it rather than purchase, install and integrate hardware yourself.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
Infrastructure as a Service provides access to computing resources or virtualised hardware in a cloud environment, across public or private connection. Our services include such offerings as virtual server resources, optional operating systems, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers.
Physically, the pool of hardware resource is pulled from a multitude of servers and networks distributed across numerous data centres, all of which we are responsible for maintaining. You, the client, are given access to the virtualised components in order to build (or have built) your own IT platforms.
IaaS can be used to create cost effective and easily scalable IT solutions where the complexities and expenses of managing the underlying hardware are outsourced to Opus.
Virtualisation deployments bring big benefits to our clients in the areas of high availability and business continuity. Applications can be moved between virtual severs – allowing the workloads to be migrated between physical hosts with zero downtime. This portability brings benefits in allowing maintenance to be performed on the physical host servers with zero impact to business operations.
Due to the portable nature of virtualised services, they are easily able to survive server failures with very minimal downtime. In a properly deployed environment, the virtual workloads of a server that fails can be automatically restarted on any remaining servers in the event of a host failure. This feature is completely automated, with the management server closely monitoring a heartbeat of the host servers to quickly identify any issues and restart affected virtual machines as quickly as possible to ensure minimal downtime.
A virtualised platform is highly scalable, meaning that a client can start small and expand as required by adding additional server resources. As less physical hardware is required over time as your business grows and expands, you can save significantly on server procurement and management costs.
Reduced Capital Expenditure
By consolidating many physical server workloads into virtual machines running on a fewer physical host servers, we are able to deliver the benefits of reduced capital expenditure by dramatically reducing the number of physical servers required.
Furthermore, organisations that deploy virtualised environments also reduce their energy consumption (leading to a reduced carbon footprint) and improve the effectiveness of their disaster recovery plan.
How can Opus help you?
Opus delivers a comprehensive set of virtualisation and IaaS services offering robust, scalable cloud storage infrastructures. We offer bespoke solutions to suit private, hybrid and public cloud scenarios.