According to Gartner, downtime costs companies on average 5,600 dollars per minute. This figure dates back to 2014 and today organisations are becoming even more dependent on their IT infrastructure. Successful businesses clearly need state-of-the-art solutions that help prevent costly downtime. This is where a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can really make a difference by giving customers access to innovations that ensure the highest possible reliability and availability. In this blog, we explain how you can set up a virtual environment with VMware.
Even before the pandemic most organizations were already digitising the way they interact with customers, employees and partners. The global health crisis has accelerated this evolution as research now shows that enterprises run on average 500 applications to drive their business. Even small companies have at least a few dozen applications.
In addition, the majority of companies has distributed their applications across two or more public clouds. A multi-cloud approach enables organisations to be more agile and resilient, but also makes an IT environment increasingly diverse and complex. As a result, a problem or failure can cause a lot of damage. Today’s mission-critical systems require high availability of at least 99.999% uptime. This means disruption must be minimised to a few minutes, seconds or even milliseconds per year.
To deal with this new reality, we need innovative solutions designed with these challenges in mind, rather than relying on standard tools that have been adapted. Finding these new ways forward is difficult, but also critical to stand out and offer better services that meet the needs of customers. At Insight, our experts know how cloud-based solutions can take the business of an MSP to the next level by adding more value. To ensure high availability and fast recovery, we introduce VMware vSphere, a platform that allows for the creation of a virtual environment for IT infrastructure.
In order to meet the requirements of a dynamic market, you need cost-effective solutions that deliver extreme levels of application performance and availability. VMware provides a stable platform on which you can run systems to avoid disruptions. For instance, if a data centre fails, VMware virtualises the environment and quickly transfers affected applications to the cloud. The solution operates with a cross-cloud approach and helps you navigate the multi-cloud era.
VMware comes with a rich set of features designed to ensure that applications deliver the best performance based on your policies and service-level agreements. For example, the platform can automatically restart compromised virtual machines on servers with space to spare. One of the secrets to VMware’s success lies in the fact that the solution is designed from the ground up for virtualisation, whereas most virtualisation solutions work with a general-purpose operating system and a hypervisor that adds the virtualisation capacities.
Adding virtualisation functionality onto a general-purpose operating system exposes the platform to those risks and reliability issues that companies need to avoid for business-critical applications. Because vSphere is built for virtualisation, it gives you a number of key advantages. For one, it requires a smaller disk footprint than most offerings, which also reduces the attack surface for hackers. In addition, VMware ensures that you do not waste any time on dealing with patches that are unrelated to the virtualisation platform.
Other reasons why VMware is the best choice for a virtualisation journey? You can base your virtual environment on proven technology that is widely used and supported by application vendors. The platform is purpose-built to manage dynamic virtual and cloud environments, designed by people who understand the needs of organisations that require a virtualised infrastructure. And finally, it provides you with tools to quickly recover data when IT systems are disrupted.
In other words, VMware gives MSPs the confidence to assure customers of the highest possible availability and reliability. This will increase their satisfaction and enable you to build a more sustainable relationship as trusted partner to meet new business challenges. But before you can do this, let Insight inspect your services and offer advise and guidance on how to make your business future-proof with VMware and other best-in-class solutions. Contact us to learn more.