Virtual worlds

Graphic of virtual servers in a bubble linked to an actual server

At our termly IT staff meeting last week, one of the subjects we talked about was the increasing useĀ of virtual servers. About two thirds of the central servers at Sussex are now virtual. That means they aren’t bound to specific hardware in the data centre and in the event of a hardware failure, we can get the virtual servers back up and running very quickly simply by moving them over to a different platform.

But the really big benefit comes in the power usage. Virtual servers can be transferred between physical devices to ensure the hardware is being used as efficiently as possibleĀ and that means big savings on electricity bills.

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