How to Maximize the Value of Server Virtualization

How to Maximize the Value of Server Virtualization

According to the “2018 Top 10 SMB and Midmarket Business Issues, IT Challenges and IT Priorities” report from Techaisle, virtualization is a top 10 IT priority for both small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and midmarket firms. That’s not surprising given that “budget constraints” ranked as the No. 1 IT challenge for SMBs and the No. 2 IT challenge for midmarket firms.

Server virtualization can help organizations maximize their IT budgets through improved resource utilization, optimized software licensing and energy cost savings. Virtualization breaks the one-to-one relationship between business applications and server hardware, making it possible to run multiple virtual machines (VMs) on the same physical equipment.

Virtualization delivers other business benefits as well. It can increase IT productivity by streamlining operations and reducing management overhead. It also enables faster resource provisioning and greater flexibility, which equates to faster time-to-value for business-enabling IT services.

When selecting hardware for server virtualization, it pays to invest in a powerful system with the performance to support as many workloads as possible. IT pros call that maximizing VM density — even though the server costs more upfront, you ultimately save money because you can run more applications on one machine.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) is helping organizations maximize the value of virtualization with its ProLiant DL385 server. The ProLiant DL385 features the EPYC System on a Chip (SoC) from AMD, which delivers greater performance than the competition across a full range of industry benchmarks.

The innovative AMD EPYC design provides unprecedented support for integrated, high-speed I/O, and a highly optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy-efficient processing. AMD EPYC one-socket systems outperform competitive two-socket processors while providing up to 20 percent CAPEX savings and lower total cost of ownership.

As a result, the HPE ProLiant DL385 reduces the cost per VM by up to 50 percent compared traditional servers. It enables organizations to achieve greater utilization and ROI while delivering unmatched security for virtualized workloads.

The ProLiant DL385 uses the HPE Silicon Root of Trust to validate the integrity of its firmware before it’s allowed to boot. As we explained in a previous post, the Silicon Root of Trust creates a unique link between the HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO) silicon and the iLO firmware to ensure that servers do not execute compromised firmware code.

The HPE ProLiant DL385 and AMD Secure Processor also enable:

  • Secure Encrypted Memory. All or a portion of the memory can be encrypted to protect data against memory hacks and scrapes.
  • Secure Encrypted Virtualization. VMs and the hypervisor each have separate encryption keys, isolating the VMs from one another and from the system itself to protect access to data in shared data areas.

HPE has further enhanced the value of the HPE ProLiant DL385 through flexible IT consumption models and special financial programs. HPE Flexible Capacity enables customers to pay for IT as it is consumed, managing unpredictable demands and raising utilization levels.  Ninety-day deferred payments, zero-percent financing and trade-in programs make the HPE ProLiant DL385 even more affordable.

Verteks is a longtime HPE partner with extensive expertise in server virtualization. Let us help you leverage the HPE ProLiant DL385 to drive new economies in your IT environment.