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Servers are the heart and brain of your digital infrastructure. They provide the services on top of which your business applications work – computing, storage, networking. Servers require a certain level of expertise to specify, procure, install, operate, maintain and support.
I have extensive experience with hardware from both Dell and Supermicro. Both have their advantages in different situations. I have also made research using other brands and individual components to maximize value and ROI in specific scenarios.
Virtualization enables combination of separate isolated server instances, running their own operating systems and services, on a single hardware server. This enables the use of the full potential of the server hardware, substantial cost savings in terms of hardware, energy, licenses, space, cooling, etc.
The greatest advantage of using virtualized environments is that the organization can realize the benefit of having separate server environments for their separate needs at a fraction of the cost of having the corresponding number of physical servers.
Cloud providers like DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, etc. offload organizations with the hardware maintenance of server infrastructure. They take care of physical servers, networking and connectivity, power, ventilation, support, etc. exposing to clients automated interfaces for server management. You can create complex single or multi-server environments to provide advanced services like high availability, load balancing, geographic distribution, etc.
Hyperconverged servers take the notion of virtualizing a single server to provide all services an organization may need from a single hardware server. They include separate virtual instances providing services for network administration, storage, database, application, backup, etc., ideally suited for small and medium businesses.
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