To: NETW 471
CC: Professor Timothy Atwood
Benefits of Technology
This memo is to inform the company about the changes that we want to undergo. With technology moving as fast as it is. It is our job to stay in front of the curve so we can run our business effectively. With that being said I would like to move our company into the virtualization era.
Benefits of Virtualization
It is not unusual to achieve 10:1 virtual to physical machine consolidation. This means that ten server applications can be run on a single machine that had required as many physical computers to provide the unique operating system and technical specification environments in order to operate. Server utilization is optimized and legacy software can maintain old OS configurations while new applications are running in ...view middle of the document...
Dynamic Load Balancing and Disaster Recovery
As server workloads vary, virtualization provides the ability for virtual machines that are over utilizing the resources of a server to be moved to underutilized servers. This dynamic load balancing creates efficient utilization of server resources.
Disaster recovery is a critical component for IT, as system crashes can create huge economic losses. Virtualization technology enables a virtual image on a machine to be instantly re-imaged on another server if a machine failure occurs.
Multinational flexibility provides seamless transitions between different operating systems on a single machine reducing desktop footprint and hardware expenditure.
“…Parallels Desktop for Mac, a virtual machine application. Instead of Boot Camp's dual-boot approach, Parallels Desktop runs Windows XP directly on the Mac OS desktop (in what Parallels calls "near-native performance")--allowing you to run both OSs simultaneously and switch back and forth seamlessly.” Daniel A. Begun, CNet: Heresy: Windows XP performance on a Mac.
Improved System Reliability and Security
Virtualization of systems helps prevent system crashes due to memory corruption caused by software like device drivers. VT-d for Directed I/O Architecture provides methods to better control system devices by defining the architecture for DMA and interrupt remapping to ensure improved isolation of I/O resources for greater reliability, security, and availability.
So now the question is how much will it cost to move our company towards the future? The first year will only cost .47 cents a day. When the second year comes around it will only be .21 cents a day. I believe that this is very reasonable to set our business up for the future. Total cost for the project in year one would be 83,744. The cost in year two will be 37,607 which is only .21 cents a day.
We need to stay ahead of the competition. Virtualization is the next step in our evolution. It will be cost effective and the benefits are outstanding. We are getting ready for the future.