BOM hold the Enterprise level of the VMware VIP Program which is acheived by organisations with the ability to help customers design, plan and deploy both traditional computing infrastructures and virtual infrastructures.
Partners in the Enterprise tier provide end to end solutions including:
- Server installations, upgrades and maintenance
- Server and storage consolidation
- Remote access design and management
- Storage planning, installations, upgrades, and management
- High availability, backup, recovery, and disaster preparedness
- Security planning and tools implementation, including assessments
- Design, implementation, analysis, and testing
- Enterprise management
- Technology architecture planning, staging, integration, and rollout services
As a VMware Enterprise reseller we help customers design, plan and deploy sophisticated virtual infrastructures to meet their technical and business needs. Our technical knowledge and clear understanding of the technical capabilities of VMwares products are essential in delivering projects.
Enterprise level partners are authorised to sell the full VMware product line.
The Value of Virtualisation
Virtualization technology is transforming the IT landscape, enabling organisations to dramatically improve the performance and efficiency of IT infrastructure. According to the Yankee Group, more than 60% of enterprises today reduce costs, manage server sprawl and increase their operational efficiency. In fact, nearly 9 out of every 10 enterprises will have implemented virtualization in their IT infrastructure by the end of 2007.
- Server Consolidation and Containment :
Eliminate server sprawl by deploying systems into virtual machines that can run safely and move transparently across shared hardware
- Business Continuity :
Reduce the cost and complexity of business continuity by encapsulating entire systems into single files that can be replicated and restored onto any target server
- Enterprise Desktop:
Secure unmanaged PCs without compromising end user autonomy by layering a security policy in software around desktop virtual machines.
Virtualization is a time-tested concept that has proven its value in the mainframe world since the 1960s to partition large, mainframe hardware. Because the computing power of mainframes was so large, they were designed to be logically split into separate, smaller virtual machines. With virtualization, you could then run multiple projects at the same time on a single mainframe.
As time went on, the bulk of industry computing moved from mainframes to minicomputers, to PCs. Today, personal computers or servers based on x86 architecture are faced with the same challenges that mainframes faced in the 1960s. VMware has applied the mainframe partitioning approach to today's x86-based machines.
Unlike mainframes, which were designed to accommodate partitioning,x86 machines were not created for multiple partitions. VMware had to overcome formidable challenges to create virtual machines out of x86 computers. VMware was the originator of virtual machines for x86 machines Today, VMware has modernized virtualization technology, and has achieved success that is building momentum for virtualization in all x86 computers.
So let's take a closer look at challenges in the datacenter for x86 computers that virtualization was designed to help.
The x86 server has a physical piece of hardware that installs an operating system as an interface between the applications that run on the machine and the hardware. Each x86 system can run only one operating system at a time. As for the applications, x86 systems can run multiple software applications that are compatible with the operating system, but the various software applications may not function properly when other applications are running alongside it, often causing unexpected and undesirable results.
Running multiple applications on the same server introduces additional risks. Should there be downtime from a server with multiple applications, all of the applications on the server are affected. To manage these risks, datacenters typically run a single application per server.
Running applications on separate servers makes sense in terms of managing downtime risks, but it becomes wasteful as server hardware becomes more powerful and software becomes more distributed. Hardware for servers is now fortified with 64-bit technology, multicore processing, and greater clock speeds. On the software side, the growth of applications designed for use in a Web browser has increased the distribution of application components across different servers.
Low Utilisation Normal
These trends dramatically decrease the efficiency of your customer's hardware purchases. Studies show that the normal utilization rate of x86 servers is only 5-15 percent of capacity. And, if anything, utilization rates are likely to decrease over time. Continuing a pattern that has prevailed since the dawn of computing, an entry-level server today has a superior CPU and more memory than the same system a year ago. While over the same period, the resource requirements of many typical server workloads, such as print, e-mail, internal Web servers, and domain controllers has not changed significantly. As a result, the average utilization has decreased over time. And this under-utilization problem is only going to get worse if datacenter managers do not do something about it.
Low utilization rates of x86 servers increases the complexity of managing the hardware and decreases your customer's return on investment (ROI). Paying for new hardware when existing hardware is barely utilized, managing an increasingly large IT infrastructure, and provisioning that hardware leads to unnecessary challenges for your customers.
VMware has developed virtualization for x86 computers to address these utilization issues.
VMware's virtualization technology embeds a thin layer of software directly on the server hardware, separating the hardware from the operating system.
The Virtualisation Layer
The virtualization layer supports the management of multiple virtual machines that reside on the same physical server. These virtual machines, which separate the hardware from the operating system and applications, can be thought of as tightly isolated containers. Each virtual machine has its own operating system and applications. A customer can now run a Windows, Linux, Netware, and Solaris operating system on the same physical machine at the same time.