Virtual Computing and Cloud Support

The computer industry has changed dramatically in the past few years. At a retail/small business level, nothing really seems like anything has been happening, but on the Corporate-Enterprise side, there have been literally dozens of huge technology changes that have occurred.

One of the biggest changes has to do with "Virtual Computing", which is the ability of a single computer (primarily servers) to act as many (from dozens to hundreds) of machines in a single box. This has also led to the creation of "cloud" computing, which is the ability for you to access a server, over the Internet, as if you had it right there in your office, and perform tasks without the need for equipment, and the IT personnel on site to maintain it !

Another big technology change is the replacement of spinning disks (hard drives), with their known obsolescence of failure (typically 3-5 years), with Solid-State-Drives (SSD's) which are essentially large memory devices that store your data on NAND chips, and can recall the information incredibly fast (30-50 times faster than a normal hard drive), and they never require defragmentation.

Combining these two technologies is the creation of far more reliable systems known as fault-tolerance, which combines the speeds of newer computer servers, with the use of multiple inexpensive disk drives to form large fast storage capacities that can be shared across large networks into what is called virtual storage area networks (vSAN's). Utilitizing these large storage areas, with virtualization technology, we now have the ability to host hundreds of individual servers in a small space, and offer superior data protection, and critical uptime that can allow a company to have redundant servers across the entire planet.

Cloud computing is actually the ability for you to only need workstations connected to the Internet. The requirement for lots of personnel, servers, and infrastructure, is now dramatically reduced.

Another large technology change has been the increasing amount of processors that a single computer chip can run, and just like desktops where the amount of parallel processing cores/threads are typlcally 4/8, servers are typically 8/16 with the ability to run multiple processors per board, and large blade-computers can now support over 700 processors in a single (10u) server. A box of that size can support literally thousands of simultaneous servers in a single frame. What once took up an entire floor, now fits in a single cabinet.

Putting all of this together, combined with the conversion from local to cloud services, requires our expertise as we have spent the time to learn and negotiate around this new technology, finding the best practices, and locating the vulnerabilities. We have the experience to get the job done right.