SSI transitions to Virtual Machines: A Private Cloud 9


In order to stay current in the expansive field of IT companies we must be progressive, efficient, and flexible—and so must our hardware.  We are making the transition over to multiple virtual machines rather than housing many physical machines at our office.  A virtual machine (VM) provides a means of communication between software and hardware.  Picture a layer cake (any flavor that tickles your fancy), the cake layer on the bottom is a server and the other layers are software.  The filling between each layer is the VM, a delicious means of bringing the hardware and software together.  Scrumptious! Most of our virtual machines will be main controllers and used for development; it will be our private cloud.   An on-site server can run six to ten VMs at once.   


So why would SSI spend all this time creating VMs and updating hardware?  Because it’s time for an upgrade and the other benefits are huge.  The use of VMs would greatly reduce the amount of space needed for our hardware.  Less machines on a rack equals more usable space.  With the reduction of physical machines the power consumed will decrease as well.  Less power used, less money spent on utilities.  The most beneficial will be the hardware upgrades needed to create our VMs.  SSI was overdue for a hardware refresh. We will gain a lot without spending too much. A hardware refresh is part of any business and is necessary to keep things running and able to compete with other businesses.  We will have the ability to put copies of the same VM on different servers or on one server.  This will lead to the high availability we need to keep our systems running.  The point of the VM is that it can run on any system and can be molded to fit our needs.


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