Virtualization

Today’s technology of Virtualization means to create a virtual version of a physical device or resource (such as a server, network, storage device or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments.

VMware

Cascade Supports partnership with VMware has been instrumental in several specific areas in the IT service offerings; Small-To-Medium (SMB) IT architectural modernization and our hosted “private cloud” offering.

Accelerate your digital transformation through a software-defined approach to business and IT. The trusted platform provider of choice for more than 500,000 customers globally, VMware is the pioneer in virtualization and an innovator in cloud and business mobility. A proven leader, we allow you to run, manage, connect and secure applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment, so you get both freedom and control.

VMware’s solution allowed most small, underfunded businesses to be more efficient, allowing them to do things that they never dreamed possible, like moving a running virtual machine from one host to another in order to perform host maintenance or upgrades. VMware’s virtualization solution also allowed businesses to create VM templates, take snapshots, perform image-level backups, and it vastly simplified our disaster recovery. VMware’s solution to implement high availability and a distributed resource scheduler for all of your virtual machines and applications that are virtualized. VMware’s virtualization will vastly improved the daily life, the efficiency, and productivity your business in a cost effective manner.

The Best Virtualization Architecture

The tier-1 applications of the world that run on Windows run there because Microsoft developed the applications: Exchange, SQL Server, and Sharepoint. For the vast majority of non-Microsoft-developed tier-1 applications, you should note, they don’t run on Windows. Think about this: Roughly 67% of all Internet-facing servers run on some version of Unix/Linux, including financial applications, storage servers, voice over IP systems, and database systems.

VMware ESX Server initially ran around a specialized Linux OS; today, vSphere uses open source components and has a busybox Unix-like command interpreter. Many perceive ESXi as being based on Linux, but that’s technically not true as vSphere has its own kernel. No matter how you look at it, vSphere doesn’t run on Windows, vCenter is available in a non-Windows version, and other VMware applications are moving further away from Windows all the time.

This unique design gives VMware a strong advantage over Hyper-V. With Microsoft “bolting on” virtualization to Windows Server, security and reliability for the virtual infrastructure are decreased. Think about it: To Microsoft, virtualization is a “role” of a Windows Server that does other things like act as a print or fax server. To VMware, virtualization is a hypervisor – and the only thing running on that server.

vSphere 6.0 Advantages Over Microsoft Hyper-V

Cascade Support does support the following virtualization platforms in the SMB space as well;

  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2008, 2012, and 2016
  • Citrix XenServer 6.2, 6.5, 7.0
  • KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) on CentOS or Unbuntu OS platforms

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