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Server Virtualisation

Server Virtualisation

Virtualisation is a proven technology that is rapidly transforming the IT landscape and fundamentally changing the way that people compute. Enforce has been at the forefront of physical to server virtualisation technology for a number of years.

Enforce Server Virtualisation Solutions

Working very closely with the leading vendors Citrix, Microsoft and VMware we have been able to provide our customers with the following benefits:

  • Server consolidation
  • Increased utilisation of processing power
  • Better manageability from a reduction in servers and from one central console
  • High availability
  • Reduce hardware and operating cost
  • Reduce the time it takes to provision new servers
  • Disaster Recovery made much easier
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce data centre footprint

Enforce Technology partners with Citrix, Microsoft and VMware to deliver the widest range of industry leading virtualisation solutions, details of these solutions can be found on their respective tabs.

Enforce are a Citrix silver solution advisor partner enabling us to deliver complete, cost-effective datacenter and server virtualisation.

Citrix XenDesktop

Citrix XenServer

Citrix XenServer is a complete, managed server virtualisation platform built on the powerful Xen hypervisor. Xen technology is widely acknowledged as the fastest and most secure virtualisation software in the industry. XenServer is designed for efficient management of Windows and Linux virtual servers and delivers cost-effective server consolidation and business continuity.

What is server virtualisation?

Server virtualisation is a proven technology that enables multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical server. Each virtual machine is completely isolated from other virtual machines and is decoupled from the underlying host by a thin layer of software known as a hypervisor. This allows each virtual machine to run different operating systems and applications. Because the machines have been decoupled from the underlying host, the guest can also be moved from one physical server host to another while running; this is known as live migration. These attributes are transforming how organisations approach virtual computing.

The best choice for server virtualisation and datacenter automation

XenServer is the enterprise-ready, cloud-proven virtualisation platform that contains all the capabilities required to create and manage a virtual infrastructure. It is trusted by demanding organisations to run the most mission critical applications and used by the largest clouds.

  • Cuts costs. By reducing the number of physical servers required in the datacenter, organisations are able to save on their power and cooling costs.
  • Increases IT agility and efficiency. Customers can easily adapt to changing datacenter and computing needs by dynamically flexing capacity, optimising VM placement, and automating repetitive management tasks.
  • Improves performance and user productivity. By enabling ‘zero downtime’ maintenance, automatically recovering from hardware failure, and providing failover capabilities in disaster situations, end users are ensured access to mission critical application in all scenarios.


Enforce are a Microsoft Gold Partner giving us access to the latest, industry-leading software solutions.

Microsoft Gold Partner

Microsoft Hyper-V

The adoption of virtualisation in the enterprise has increased flexibility in deployment and life cycle management of applications. IT professionals deploy and use virtualisation to consolidate workloads and reduce server sprawl. Additionally, they deploy virtualisation with clustering technologies to provide a robust IT infrastructure with high availability and quick disaster recovery. Even so, customers are looking for more flexibility.

Core Scenarios for Hyper-V

Hyper-V provides a dynamic, reliable, and scalable virtualisation platform combined with a single set of integrated management tools to manage both physical and virtual resources, enabling you to create an agile and dynamic data center. Hyper-V enables:

Dynamic Memory

Dynamic Memory enables customers to better utilise the memory resources of Hyper-V hosts by balancing how memory is distributed between running virtual machines. Memory can be dynamically reallocated between different virtual machines in response to the changing workloads of these machines. Dynamic Memory thus enables more efficient use of memory while maintaining consistent workload performance and scalability. Implementing Dynamic Memory means that higher levels of server consolidation can be achieved with minimal impact on performance. Dynamic Memory also means larger numbers of virtual desktops per Hyper-V host for VDI scenarios. The net result for both scenarios is more efficient use of expensive server hardware resources, which can translate into easier management and lower costs.

Server Consolidation

Businesses are under pressure to ease management and reduce costs while retaining and enhancing competitive advantages, such as flexibility, reliability, scalability, and security. The fundamental use of virtualisation to help consolidate many servers on a single system while maintaining isolation helps address these demands. One of the main benefits of server consolidation is a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), not just from lowering hardware requirements but also from lower power, cooling, and management costs.

Business Continuity

Business continuity is the ability to minimise both scheduled and unscheduled downtime. That includes time lost to routine functions, such as maintenance and backup, as well as unanticipated outages. Hyper-V includes powerful business continuity features, such as live backup and quick migration, enabling businesses to meet stringent uptime and response metrics.

Disaster Recovery

A key component of business continuity. Natural disasters, malicious attacks, and even simple configuration problems like software conflicts can cripple services and applications until administrators resolve the problems and restore any backed up data. Hyper-V provides support for disaster recovery (DR) within IT environments and across data centers, using geographically dispersed clustering capabilities. Rapid and reliable disaster and business recovery helps ensure minimal data loss and powerful remote management capabilities.

Testing and Development

Testing and development are frequently the first business functions to take advantage of virtualisation technology. Using virtual machines, development staff can create and test a wide variety of scenarios in a safe, self-contained environment that accurately approximates the operation of physical servers and clients. Hyper-V maximises utilisation of test hardware which can help reduce costs, improve life cycle management, and improve test coverage. With extensive guest OS support and checkpoint features, Hyper-V provides a great platform for your test and development environments.

Dynamic Datacenter

Hyper-V, together with your existing system management solutions, can help you realise the dynamic data center vision of providing self-managing dynamic systems and operational agility. With features like automated virtual machine reconfiguration, flexible resource control, and quick migration, you can create a dynamic IT environment that uses virtualisation to not only respond to problems, but also to anticipate increased demands.

Expand Desktop Deployment Options with VDI

Much of the interest in virtualisation solutions is in the server world. However, equally exciting advances are being made in server-based desktop virtualisation, where processing happens on a server optimised for capacity and availability while graphics, keyboard, mouse, and other user I/O functions are handled at the user’s desktop.


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Enforce are a VMware partner allowing us to deliver the industry-leading virtualisation platform for the cloud.

VMware Partner

Deliver IT Resources as Needed with Enterprise Cloud Computing

Transform your IT infrastructure into a private cloud, then bridge on-demand to public clouds, delivering IT infrastructure as an easily accessible service. VMware vSphere delivers uncompromised control over all IT resources with the highest efficiency and choice in the industry.

  • Reduce Costs and Maximise IT Efficiency: Reduce capital and operational expenses and minimise potential lost revenue due to downtime, outages and failures.
  • Increase Application Availability and Control: Automate the enforcement of service-level agreements to ensure availability, security and scalability of Microsoft Exchange, Oracle and SAP.
  • Empower Your IT Department with Choice: Deliver applications and business services on-demand with the freedom to choose your hardware, application architecture, operating system, and private or public cloud infrastructure.

VMware vSphere is comprised of a number of features that transform industry standard hardware into a shared, mainframe-like resilient environment with built-in service level controls for all applications.

  • Infrastructure services : Comprehensively virtualise server, storage and network resources, and aggregate and allocate them precisely on demand to applications based on business priority.
  • Application services : Provide built-in service level controls for availability, security and scalability to all applications running on the vSphere platform, regardless of application type or operating system.
  • VMware is the undisputed leader delivering greater value at lower TCO for running customer’s business critical applications.


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