Benefits of Deploying vSphere

By CIOReview | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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With growing digital disruption, enterprises with IT infrastructures and data centers spread across multiple locations need to virtualize their servers. If they lag behind they lose the perks of having one deployed onto their IT infrastructure. Looking at the previous x86 server virtualization market, Gartner envisages that the year 2016 will observe a 5.7 percent rise when compared to the 2015 survey. Looking at 2015 Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, VMware and Microsoft were placed in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant; VMware has been in the Leaders quadrant from day one because of its vSphere virtualization Infrastructure software solution.

Today most of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) are utilizing traditional methods of data storage like hard disks, files and documents as they are less expensive. They overlook the declining efficiency of the enterprise, and encounter issues when restoring of data becomes a laborious work during any disaster. With virtualization infrastructure solution—‘vSphere’ enterprises can optimize their productivity. Citing use case of OSIS, a secure cloud hosting solution provider for NextGen encountered many challenges—increased outages and downtime, migration of healthcare data from reactive to proactive mode. These issues where purged by vSphere offering seamless continuity to work and zero downtime.

What are vSphere Benefits?

The ‘2015 top 10 SMBs virtualization issue’ reports from myriad research firms showed that portability was one of the major challenges faced by SMBs. The vSphere client connects Virtual Machines (VMs) to vCenter and enables the user to see multiple hosts at once. VMs offer easy disaster recovery and data replication onto a remote datacenter. This is possible with the help of VMware’s vMotion feature which enables user to work seamlessly by reducing the downtime to zero. Also during breakdowns or upgrade, all VMs can be migrated to other host in the cluster.

The next big issue witnessed by SMBs is the security of their data. VMware vSphere supports VMware Compliance Checker which helps the user to assess compliance of 5 EXSi server at a time. After verifying, the results are saved and printed.  The results can be archived and be sent to different teams for reviewing. Also various versions of vSphere supports security and compliance policies—Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Recently, VMware came up with a new lineup—VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus and VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus. VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus edition offers complete functions to support transformation of datacenters into simplified cloud infrastructure. Whereas, VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition, transform servers into simplified virtual infrastructure with reliable management capabilities. These editions of vSphere along with license are priced as per the number of CPU connected.   vSphere along with these features proves to be reliable, cost-efficient and consolidated when server is concerned. These benefits better helps CIOs who are eyeing to deploy virtualization onto their servers.

Further along with these benefits, VMware vSphere is upgraded with many advanced function on a frequent basis. Recently there has been an update on vSphere’s integrated containers from two open source projects —Admiral and Harbour.