Rlyt Task 3 Essay

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Seabreeze Virtualization Adoption Plan
Bob
Western Governors University

Seabreeze Virtualization Adoption Plan
The city of Seabreeze has had the misfortune of decreasing revenue for the past several years and is in desperate need of some cost saving initiatives. The solution must not impact services currently delivered to its citizens. Information technology (IT) is one of the services that must be maintained during the financial reductions. Because the city relies heavily on the use of IT to provide government services elimination of existing infrastructure is not an option. An alternate solution is essential in order to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the city’s IT ...view middle of the document...

With this type of setup the operation is very inefficient as each server only makes use of 5 to 15 percent of its capacity. If not using virtualization, should it become necessary to expand the operations with a new system the city must procure a new physical server, reserve network resources, provide physical space, ensure sufficient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) exists, and possibly hire additional support personnel. Any physical server that is configured to run only one OS or application is wasting 85-95% of its potential ability making the ROI negligible. The current costs associated with maintaining the city’s 72 servers, including security, electricity, HVAC, and physical space, can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. By adopting virtualization the city can reduce the number of physical servers to between 8 and 10, each running multiple VM instances, while still providing the same level of service. The downsizing of physical servers will result in savings on energy costs that will be seen almost immediately. Significantly fewer servers require less electricity to operate both the servers and the HVAC necessary for climate control.
As a result of virtualization the city can also expect a reduction of IT support personnel needed to support the data center which will reduce the employee payroll. Additionally, the space that was previously used for all the physical servers can be reallocated for other use by the city. If the existing direct-attached storage devices are repurposed as storage area network devices the city can consolidate the required data storage. Multiple computers and users will be able to access the storage and permit a larger collection of stored data, as well as reducing the number of physical storage devices which equates to energy savings.
Undoubtedly the most important benefit that the city can attribute to virtualization is its improved disaster recovery capability. In the event of a catastrophic event a virtual machine can be moved from one server to another quickly and safely. As noted by New Horizons (2015), “Backing up critical data is done quickly and effectively because your company can effortlessly create a replication site.” This means that numerous man hours are not spent trying to recreate the data center using physical servers. Not only will the city benefit from less effort (chargeable labor hours) being exerted but the downtime of the system and services will be minimized.
2. Offsetting potential negative implications of virtualization
In order to offset the negative implications of virtualization there are several things that can be done. Most importantly will be the city’s ability to alleviate the citizen’s fear that their hard earned tax dollars are being spent unnecessarily. They likely do not know the specific costs associated with the current system and probably wouldn’t know how to reduce the IT budget even if they did. In order to put these...

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