choosing a hypervisor

9 factors to look at when choosing a hypervisor to suit your client’s requirements

When you’re choosing a hypervisor for your clients, you need to consider a number of elements to ensure that the solution you choose is the most suitable for them. These should include what is offered by the hypervisor solution, how secure it is, and what features are in place to manage multiple VMS.

#1 – Compatibility

The first thing to look at when looking at hypervisor options for your clients is whether it’s compatible with the systems that they have in place. This will help to cut implementation costs as well as ongoing costs, and will reduce the amount of disruption that occurs when implementing the hypervisor.

#2 – High availability

It’s worth considering which are the market leading options in terms of performance, and any problems that users have encountered. Think about the services that will have the least downtime and therefore be the best to maintain high availability for your clients.

#3 – Is it scalable?

The chances are that your client’s business will grow over time, and it’s important that any infrastructure solution that you choose to implement for them now will be applicable as their requirements increase. A hypervisor solution must have the potential to scale up storage and security.

#4 – What will it cost?

As with any hypervisor, there are a number of costs to consider – from deployment to maintenance and continued licensing costs. Some solutions, such as hosted hypervisors, will offer a significantly more cost-effective solution than bare metal hypervisors. These can help to reduce costs over a period of time, as well as avoiding any hidden, unexpected costs.

#5 – Ease of use

Any hypervisor that isn’t easy to use will be pointless for your client, particularly if it makes their everyday processes more difficult. As an IT provider, you’ll want to provide efficient, easy-to-use but sophisticated solutions to ensure that all information is backed up and accessible, whilst secure and easy for staff members to use. Hypervisors that are easy to install and don’t require specialist skills to use can increase overall in-house productivity, as well as offering other benefits such as multiple users being able access and work on the same files at once.

#6 – Management

Once setup, it’s vital that you are able to maintain the system, and that your clients can manage it effectively. Hosted hypervisors need to be managed individually, which can be time-consuming. Marathon provides a white label help desk to provide your clients with support on a 24/7 basis, to save you both time and resources.

#7 – Reliability

Take a look at all options to see which systems are the most reliable and will provide your clients with the highest amount of uptime. Which are the least likely to have issues? Choose a solution that allows efficient working, secure access and can be easily sorted should any problems occur.

#8 – Performance

Bare metal hypervisors use the least resources overhead, but allow the implementation of restrictions within the virtual machine to allocate resources effectively. Virtualisation is becoming increasingly popular for many businesses since it prevents downtime if hardware is damaged, and ensures that all business critical information is stored.

#9 – What are the advantages?

As well as the disaster recovery planning options available using a hypervisor, there are many security benefits. It is possible to setup password restrictions at different levels to monitor and restrict usage. There is also the guarantee that information will not be lost when a piece of hardware has issues.

Marathon provides hypervisor services from implementation to support and maintenance. Give us a call today on 020 8329 1000 for advice about how using a hypervisor could help your business.

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