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Bare-Metal Virtualization

While hosted virtualization is a great solution for small businesses that need only a small number of virtual servers, this method becomes inefficient and impractical when running a larger quantity of servers. The scalable alternative to hosted virtualization is bare-metal virtualization.

Bare-Metal virtualization is a virtualization strategy where the hypervisor interacts directly with the physical server hardware. This method significantly cuts down on overhead because of the lack of a host operating system. Bare-Metal virtualization is the leading enterprise virtualization method.

When operating a bare-metal virtualization environment, there are multiple configuration methods that are largely dependent on the number of servers and level of availability that your organization requires. The first of these uses one or more standalone physical servers. When using this method, your environment is protected by the typical redundancies and safeguards that are expected with server-grade hardware. It is not, however, protected from a complete hardware failure.

The second solution involves the creation of a virtual cluster. This method allows for an environment where virtual machines are stored in a central location and the physical servers connect to them utilizing a storage area network (SAN). Not only can this be a more efficient arrangement, it also prevents downtime in the event of a hardware failure.

Our consultants have experience with both of these solutions and are trained in the use of multiple hardware and software products. Some of the virtualization platforms we have configured and supported over the years include VMware vSphere 4.1, Microsoft Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. We have partnered with VMware, Microsoft, and EMC and will leverage our knowledge of these solutions to provide your organization with the most efficient and cost-effective virtual environment possible.

Bare-Metal virtualization solutions deployed and supported by Black Sea Systems in various firms:

Hardware:

  • Dell PowerEdge Server Computers
  • EMC AX Series Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • EMC VNX / VNXe Storage Area Networks (SAN)

Software:

  • Citrix XenServer
  • MS Hyper-V
  • Parallels Server Bare Metal
  • VMware Data Recovery
  • VMware vSphere ESX
  • VMware vSphere ESXi

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