Virtualization Technology Consulting Service

Virtualization Technology Consulting Service

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PTS provides complete Virtualization Technology Consulting Services to support:

  • server consolidation
  • server optimization
  • infrastructure cost reductions
  • improved operational flexibility & responsiveness
  • enhanced desktop manageability & security
  • improved business continuity
  • aggressive versus moderate scenarios for virtualization

Virtualization technology makes it possible to achieve significantly higher server utilization by pooling infrastructure resources and avoiding the need to have a server for each application. However, it is critical to perform a detailed assessment of the enterprise IT network and applications requirements.

PTS’ Virtualization Technology Consulting service serves as a ‘recommendations’ phase in the progression and evolution of a data center as it expands. Desktop virtualization depends heavily on application analysis. Application analysis is achieved through multiple steps. Applications and application usage must be collected, filtered, and sorted into images. After images are generated, users are mapped to those images, and virtual machine templates are sized. The final step is to recommend the placement of users on ESX hosts.

The following diagram shows the PTS approach to application analysis:

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Virtualization Software Consulting Service

Virtualization Software Consulting Service

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In these challenging times, small- to mid-sized businesses need to simplify IT infrastructure and reduce costs. Yet, with diverse storage, server and network requirements, and often with limited physical space to store and manage systems, options can be limited by both the amount of available physical space and budget concerns. Where virtualization software can offer small and mid-sized businesses significant benefits is not simply in server consolidation, but also with affordable business continuity.

In addition to cost savings, PTS’ Virtualization Software Consulting Service addresses business continuity issues and allows IT managers to:

  • Eliminate planned downtime for hardware maintenance
  • Reduce unplanned downtime, leading to higher system availability
  • Test and implement disaster recovery plans
  • Protect data, including nondisruptive backup and restore processes
  • Balance real-time workloads

To achieve affordable business continuity, PTS consultants work with clients to specify required structure for business continuity, design appropriate business continuity plans and leverage virtualization software to realize affordable business continuity.

 

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Virtualization Management Consulting Service

Virtualization Management Consulting Service

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Once a virtual server infrastructure has been established, how will it be managed? There are several virtualization management tool options, in a variety of categories, from which to choose. They can be categorized as:

  • centralized management tools
  • monitoring tools
  • security tools
  • admin utilities
  • backup tools

Because there are so many tools available, it is critical to completely understand virtualization management requirements within the network and within the enterprise. PTS provides a Virtualization Management Consulting Service aimed at helping clients make quality decisions on the deployment of virtualization management tools in terms of needs, training, value, limitations, and ease of use.

Centralized virtualization management tools offer several advanced features and ease the management burden for a larger number of servers.

Monitoring tools provide a feature rich and flexible virtual infrastructure monitoring capability.

Server virtualization security solutions can be so much more efficient for a virtual infrastructure than are traditional tools.

PTS focuses upon client current and future needs by completing a virtualization needs analysis, performing a storage and/or virtualization site survey, performing a complete storage virtualization assessment, and developing a comprehensive virtualization technology roadmap and plan independent of specific vendor technologies.

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Virtual Data Center Consulting Service

Virtual Data Center Consulting Service

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Although many organizations are gravitating toward virtualization, some are avoiding the technology and, therefore, the vision of a virtual data center. Cost and complexity are two of the obstacles that are keeping virtual data center approaches from exploding. Still others say that a lack of in-house management and skills are among the biggest challenges.

PTS focuses upon client current and future needs by completing a virtualization needs analysis, performing a storage and/or virtualization site survey, performing a complete storage virtualization assessment, and developing a comprehensive virtualization technology roadmap and plan independent of specific vendor technologies.

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Storage Virtualization Consulting Service

Storage Virtualization Consulting Service

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Storage virtualization is a concept in IT System Administration, referring to the abstraction (separation) of logical storage from physical storage so that it may be accessed without regard to physical storage or heterogeneous structure.

Storage virtualization allows the administrator increased flexibility in how he/she manages storage for end users. It also drives lower overall storage costs, simplifies operations, and improves storage resource allocation.

PTS provides comprehensive Storage Virtualization Consulting Services aimed at leveraging existing storage assets where possible and driving a comprehensive storage virtualization strategy that fits the requirements of the client enterprise network. As vendor neutral consultants PTS is able to fully understand and focus upon client near- and long-term requirements by completing a virtualization needs analysis, performing a storage and/or virtualization site survey, performing a complete storage virtualization assessment, and developing a comprehensive virtualization technology roadmap and plan independent of specific vendor technologies.

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Server Virtualization Consulting Services

Server Virtualization Consulting Services

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PTS Server Virtualization Consulting Services drive business agility by simplifying infrastructure to create a more dynamic and flexible data center. We all know that a virtual server infrastructure increases capacity utilization. Traditional server infrastructure tightly couples applications to hardware, wasting computing capacity whenever applications use less than 100% of system resources. Virtual server infrastructures decouple applications from hardware, freeing the excess capacity for use by other applications.

The result of server virtualization may be an order of magnitude increase in the ratio of virtual servers to server hardware. In addition to the benefit of reduced server capital costs associated with server acquisitions, it is possible to significantly reduce data center operating costs with improved management, maintenance, power consumption, and cooling costs.

Virtualization makes it possible to achieve significantly higher server utilization by pooling common infrastructure resources and avoiding the need for the one server for each application model. However, it is critical to make wise choices for which applications and servers can be housed together when planning to perform server virtualization. Organizations must recognize that they not only may be exchanging one cost and management style for another, but that as physical machines are turned into virtual machines, virtual sprawl is likely to outstrip physical sprawl. Moreover, how server virtualization sprawl acts on the network, storage, I/O and compute power across a network of server nodes, and in an increasingly dynamic model of services, will be a complex multi-variant problem.

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PTS VDI Solutions

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): An Introduction

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) introduces a new way of managing user environments. VDI allows IT administrators to host and administer user desktops on Virtual Infrastructure in the data center. Users access their desktop using a remote desktop protocol. While sharing similarities with other computing models, VDI offers many new and compelling benefits for increasing manageability, performance, and security of user desktops/PCs.

VDI is a key initiative for many organizations looking to reduce administrative overhead while providing a more secure, flexible and reliable desktop computing environment for end users. Proper planning and good decision making are required to ensure a successful deployment. Choosing the right virtualization platform to host the virtual desktop implementation is often the first major decision and can make or break the entire transformation.

Important considerations when choosing the best VDI platform include:

  • Does the platform provide the features, reliability, and high availability to meet the business requirements?
  • Is the platform reliable and proven?
  • Does the platform provide a secure foundation for all the virtual desktops?
  • Can the infrastructure be standardized on the same platform as the existing server virtualization?
  • How will the choice made today impact future migration to a cloud environment?
  • How does the VDI platform choice impact options for a VDI solution?

Choosing the Right VDI Software: VMware Horizon View

The key to success of any VDI initiative is choosing the right virtualization software. VMware Horizon™ Suite, and more specifically VMware Horizon View™, delivers a personalized high fidelity experience for end users across all sessions and devices. It enables higher availability and agility of desktop services unmatched by traditional PCs, while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership by up to 50%. VMware Horizon View end users achieve higher levels of productivity and the freedom to access desktops from more devices and locations.

VDI Deployment

PTS can deploy VDI from within PTS’ Cloud Data Center or from a hosted deployment. Contact PTS with your VDI needs, and we’ll tailor a solution to match your requirements in your preferred environment.

VDI Solutions

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IT Virtualization Consulting Service

IT Virtualization Consulting Service

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IT Virtualization Consulting analyzes the use of virtualization software to drive towards a utopia of 70-80 virtual machines per physical hardware server. However, in reality this is an unrealistic virtual machine to physical hardware network design. PTS leverages leading virtualization assessment tools and long term network design expertise to determine the optimal IT virtualization design prior to implementation. Ultimately, this results in an IT virtualization structure which is optimized to the client enterprise network without resulting in problems later on.

We know that virtualized IT infrastructures increase capacity utilization. Traditional server infrastructure tightly couples applications to hardware, wasting computing capacity whenever applications use less than 100% of system resources. IT virtualization decouples applications from hardware, freeing the excess capacity for use by other applications. IT virtualization often supports ratios of five to twelve virtual machines on a single server to as many as seventy. The result is the ability of IT to consolidate server infrastructure, reduce capital costs associated with server acquisitions and data center infrastructure, and reduce operating costs with improved management, maintenance, and energy consumption.

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IT Site Survey Service – Virtualization

IT Site Survey Service – Virtualization

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PTS’ Data Center Virtualization Site Survey provides a physical survey of the existing server infrastructure as well as a validation of the information gathered in the Needs Analysis phase. PTS will field survey the existing conditions of your server (physical and virtualized) infrastructure and capture configuration, utilization, and virtualization data for further analysis.

The intent of this service is to establish a baseline of the existing server environment which will become the starting point for creating a Technology Roadmap for Server Virtualization.

PTS’ Virtualization Site Survey gathers the required data needed to make valid business decisions in pursuit of a Server Virtualization strategy. An analysis of server operating systems, applications, capacity requirements, system architecture, specialized peripherals, data storage, and server size requirements will be performed. The service will provide IT managers with a clear understanding of the current server and storage topology and performance baseline for their IT operations.

During the Virtualization Site Survey, PTS will validate if design standards are being met and whether a “Best Practices” design methodology has been used to create the enterprise server and storage structure as it relates to potential or current virtualization.

PTS’ Solutions Architects will work with the appropriate client stakeholders to survey the physical server infrastructure and environment. PTS will review all existing diagrams and technical documentation available. As a result of this Site Survey, PTS will create or update diagrams to document the current environment.

PTS can perform this service standalone or in combination with a Data Center Virtualization Needs Analysis service in preparation for providing a Technology Roadmap and/or systems design that aligns virtualization possibilities with current infrastructure, application, and data structures, and ultimately meets long term client requirements. The Virtualization Site Survey reviews:

  • An understanding of the current virtualization strategy within the enterprise (if applicable)
  • Identification of current virtualization techniques and solutions used throughout the enterprise for IT infrastructure equipment (servers and storage area networks)
  • Review of current actual costs, operational flexibility, and responsiveness provided by virtualization of infrastructure
  • Determination of how much host capacity is used within the enterprise and at what rate this capacity is growing
  • Server and virtualization capital budgets for the last three years and anticipated growth in spending
  • Current tools used for server optimization and management of the virtual infrastructure

PTS’ Virtualization Site Survey service serves as the ‘findings’ phase in the progression of the data center project process.

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FEATURES BENEFITS
Identify existing server and storage infrastructure for functionality and business purpose Comprehensive survey process gathers accurate and precise information related to critical aspects of the storage infrastructure, eliminating guesswork and estimating
Categorize each server to determine eligible and ineligible candidates for Virtualization Develop understanding early in process as to which assets can be virtualized and which cannot
Perform capacity planning and inventory analysis tasks The ability to gather concrete data on existing server configurations and analyze this data provides for an accurate assessment of the existing infrastructure and the host server configurations
Diagram the existing server infrastructure Consolidation and optimization cannot be evaluated and implemented until the existing design is understood and documented
Review of current costs and expected cost increases Makes it possible to understand expected cost implications over time

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IT Assessment Service – Virtualization

IT Assessment Service – Virtualization

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PTS’ Data Center Virtualization Assessment Service provides IT Managers with analysis and feedback related to the implementation of a Virtualization Strategy. The service provides viable strategic recommendations in pursuit of a Virtualization Strategy and outlines the business and technology risks associated with implementing this strategy or doing nothing at all, as well as a high level budget and timeline for completion of the proposed project.

PTS will use these high-level decisions as a baseline in a cost model matrix to identify their affect on overall project costs across multiple scenarios, thus allowing the client to narrow the scope of the project to one that is affordable, yet meets their business needs.

Completion of this service requires the PTS’ Needs Analysis – Virtualization (to establish future storage requirements) and, where there is a server or virtualized server infrastructure in place, a Site Survey Service – Virtualization (to gather existing conditions information) as prerequisites before a complete assessment can be made.

PTS’ Solutions Architects will perform a detailed assessment of the current server and storage infrastructure (physical and virtualized) as acquired during the Site Survey and compare to the needs of the organization in the future as acquired during the Needs Analysis. The Assessment – Virtualization Service provides the following outcomes and recommendations for the client:

  • Virtualization of the existing enterprise versus the future need for server and/or SAN virtualization
  • Identification of current virtualization techniques and solutions used throughout the enterprise for IT infrastructure equipment (servers and storage area networks) and recommendations how to improve for cost benefits and performance
  • Targeted opportunities for improved server and SAN virtualization and consolidation to drive enhanced cost structures, performance, and management of the infrastructure
  • Aggressive and Moderate Scenarios for implementation of virtualization within the enterprise
  • Opportunities for enhanced operational flexibility and responsiveness in terms of management, upgrades of servers and applications software, provisioning, configuration, monitoring, and maintenance
  • Alternatives for desktop manageability and security across the enterprise with faster deployments of desktops and fewer support calls due to application conflicts
  • Review of current actual costs, operational flexibility, and responsiveness provided by virtualization of infrastructure versus alternative virtualization strategies
  • Current tools used for server optimization and management of the virtual infrastructure
  • Actual server and SAN spending as a percentage of total IT budget and how this compares if using virtualization strategies

PTS’ Virtualization Assessment Service serves as the assess phase in the progression of the data center project process.

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Features Benefits
Tie all information, statistics and existing conditions together. Objective and Strategic view of the current state
Logical and Feasible options presented utilizing all information Presentation of Viable business options that can be acted upon with knowledge of scope, schedule and budget before making final decision
Objective view of technology infrastructure and Virtualization benefits Can leverage knowledge and experience of Senior Virtualization Engineers and Consultants with many years of virtualization, best-practice experience
Assess the server and storage infrastructure as it stands today against future requirements that support growth, data protection, survivability, and overall storage needs Establishes a reference document for any planning and design related to storage and data protection requirements for the future of the enterprise
Determine the key criteria that will serve as a basis for virtualization design Establishes the design criteria and better defines the scope to determine your technology requirements and therefore the costs associated with designing and upgrading the infrastructure. The analysis at this stage of the project ensures monetary savings of time and money by avoiding mid-course changes.
Understand the present fault tolerance, disk utilization and load balancing solutions as compared to the future growth model Understanding the level of fault tolerance and RAID disk configurations is important to the overall project cost and design as they relate to business continuity and system fault tolerance
Understand and document existing fiber/ copper cabling design and connectivity and availability requirements with the business’ needs and objectives Understand the existing physical cable infrastructure is critical to ensuring proper connectivity, documentation and ability of the infrastructure to support the technology upgrades with/without an investment in cabling and connectivity
Establish the IT equipment deployment density strategy with future load deployment considerations Understand the planned critical load deployment density on a watt-per-RLU basis and match it to the best cooling systems design methodology
Software Usage Reports Application analysis helps build virtual machine templates with the correct combination of applications and proper computational resource sized to match the user population
Cost impact of making design criteria decisions Understand how load, availability, and density decisions impact the project budget as a first step in narrowing the scope to a project that is affordable, yet meets the business’ needs

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