Many businesses are looking to reduce costs through the consolidation of their IT resources. This means replacing multiple servers and applications spread over disparate sites (and all the related facilities and support costs this includes), into centralised and resilient computing environments.
Virtualisation services are enabling this by providing customers with cost effective access to the amounts of processing and storage capacity they need to run their applications. This flexibility also allows them to scale the capacities as their businesses require it.
Based on an industry standard architecture incorporating HP Blade Servers, VMWare and Microsoft, MDNX can deliver a range of Cloud Services that enable:
• Server consolidation
• Disaster recovery, online back-up and online storage
• Online applications and Web services
MDNX also provides a range of additional services that further enable the customer’s Cloud solution including Internet Access and Security, to provide connectivity via the public Internet, and MPLS VPN to deliver services to multiple sites via a Virtual Private Cloud.
To meet the computing requirements of our customers we provision appropriately sized resources to support a series of Virtual Machines within the MDNX VMware infrastructure. CPU’s, RAM and storage are provisioned over multiple physical hosts to provide resilience, and load balance performance of the Virtual Machines implemented.
Virtual Applications (vApps)
Where Virtual Servers have a direct reliance on partner servers, they can be encased within a vApp.
A vApp greatly assists with management of the grouped servers as a collective, and allows the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler to make informed decisions with regards to load balancing the solution.
Efficient use of Resource
MDNX’s hosting platform allows intelligent use of the resource pool, allowing customers to dynamically shrink or expand resource (CPU, RAM, Storage) provisioned to Virtual Machines. This ensures that customers can purchase the resource they need now, without estimating future requirements and incurring costs for capacity they don’t currently need.
Balanced Computing Capacity
MDNX’s VMware infrastructure is spread across two distinct premier class, Tier 3 data centres and features Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS), continuously balancing computing capacity in resource pools to deliver performance, scalability and availability.
This offers the following key advantages:
• Continuously balances capacity to ensure that each Virtual Machine has access to appropriate resources at any point in time.
• Seamlessly take advantage of the additional capacity of new servers added to a resource pool by redistributing Virtual Machines without system disruption.
• Automatically migrate all Virtual Machines off physical servers to enable scheduled server maintenance with zero downtime.
• Recover Virtual Machines onto new hosts in the event of a hardware failure.
Align Storage Capacity to Requirements
MDNX’s storage platform comprises different storage types that enable capacity, performance and cost to be matched to customer requirements. SAS Storage delivers the speed, reliability and scalability demanded in high-availability enterprise environments, while higher-capacity Midline SAS Storage is ideal for bulk storage applications, and then there’s lower cost storage for back-up storage requirements.
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MDNX combines our secure, resilient cloud infrastructure with our carrier integration capability. This enables us to deliver solutions to businesses that have the optimal design to match the needs of the customer and deliver clear economic advantage.
We have a focussed approach to Cloud Computing, which is on Private Cloud solutions. Whilst a lot of attention is paid to Public Cloud services from the likes of Microsoft and Google, for MDNX Cloud Computing is more about the virtualisation of specific internal business applications and delivering them from multiple data centres for resilience.
For many businesses moving key IT applications into a Public Cloud is too much of a risk. The Private Cloud approach allows us to be much more transparent on where the applications and databases reside, and how these are secured.
The move to Cloud Services may be gradual, perhaps starting with less critical applications first. However it has become increasingly clear that the delivery of applications back into the business is highly dependent on the performance and security of the network. Rather than using the Internet where quality of service cannot be controlled and additional layers of security must be built, using an MPLS-based network provides a much better solution. With an MPLS VPN our Carrier Integration approach enables us to deliver a best fit solution to our customers in terms of performance, resilience, and costs along with meaningful SLAs.