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In a traditional server environment, individual physical servers are dedicated to specific tasks. HTTP, SQL, FTP, LDAP, DNS, and file storage all run on separate physical machines. Each machine may only utilize 20-50% of its available resources.

With virtualization technology, a single physical server can provide multiple virtual environments, completely separated from eachother, and still dedicated to a particular task. Now you can reduce the number of physical servers in half, or even more, fully utilizing each physical server and reducing your hosting costs significantly.

Simplify Management

Managing and maintaining a cluster of physical servers consumes time, a lot of it. With the virtualization platforms available from Citrix and Microsoft, managing change through your entire hosting infrastructure is simplified through a central management interface. Rolling out patches & updates, duplicating OS environments, and monitoring resource utilization used to be a full-time job. Now, these tasks can be completed in a fraction of the time.

Scale Faster

In a virtualized environment, virtual servers can be deployed instantly through a management interface. Duplicating operating system settings, partitions, and patches can be completed with the click of a button. In addition, removing virtual servers can be done with similar ease.

Utilizing the virtualization options that Gigenet offers, you have the ability to control your server environment with instant changes. Add servers, remove servers, upgrade, and downgrade instantly.

What is Citrix Xen?

Xen is a unique open source technology invented by a team led by Ian Pratt at the University of Cambridge and developed cooperatively by the world’s best engineers at over 20 of the most innovative data center solution vendors. With Xen server virtualization solutions, a thin software layer (known as the Xen hypervisor) is installed directly on the hardware, or “bare metal”, and is thereby inserted between the server’s hardware and the operating system. This provides an abstraction layer that allows each physical server to run one or more “virtual servers,” effectively decoupling the operating system and its applications from the underlying physical server. Xen’s paravirtualization technology is widely acknowledged as the fastest and most secure virtualization software in the industry and is enhanced by taking full advantage of the latest Intel VT and AMD-V hardware virtualization assist capabilities. The Xen hypervisor is exceptionally lean – less than 50,000 lines of code – which translates to extremely low overhead and near-native performance for guests.

With virtualization technology, a single physical server can provide multiple virtual environments, completely separated from eachother, and still dedicated to a particular task. Now you can reduce the number of physical servers in half, or even more, fully utilizing each physical server and reducing your hosting costs significantly.

Powering Citrix XenServer

The inventors and lead developers of Xen, with the rest of the XenServer team, take this powerful virtualization engine and build out a full managed server virtualization platform, designed for efficient management of Windows and Linux virtual machines

Native 64-bit Power and Scalability

Citrix XenServer is a native 64-bit virtualization platform with the scalability required by business-critical applications. The highest host and guest CPU and memory limits available, coupled with fine-grained resource controls for CPU, network and disk, enable it to deliver optimal quality of service.

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What is Microsoft Hyper-V?

The Microsoft Hyper-V is a component in Windows Server® 2008 that provides customers with the tools and services to create a virtualized server computing environment.

The Hyper-V has thin microkernelized hypervisor architecture with minimal attack surface and is available as a Server Core role. This type of computing environment is useful for businesses because virtual machines can be created and managed which allows the running of multiple operating systems on one physical computer and isolating the operating systems from each other. As well, the new 64-bit micro-kernelized hypervisor architecture enables Hyper-V to provide a broad array of device support methods and improved performance and security.

The Microsoft Hyper-V easily plugs into customers’ IT infrastructure as they can leverage their existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools, and processes. Customers can leverage the wealth of solutions from Microsoft’s partners, existing IT Pro skill-set, and comprehensive support from Microsoft. Beneficial features of the Microsoft Hyper-V include Broad OS Support, Symmetric Multiprocessors (SMP) Support, network load balancing, new hardware sharing architecture, fast migration, high-scalability, ability to take snapshots of a running virtual machine, and the ability to quickly build custom tools, utilities, and enhancements for the virtualization platform.

New and Improved Architecture

New 64-bit micro-kernelized hypervisor architecture enables Hyper-V to provide a broad array of device support methods and improved performance and security.

Broad OS Support

Broad support for simultaneously running different types of operating systems, including 32-bit and 64-bit systems across different server platforms, such as Windows, Linux, and others.

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