News: Managed IT Services Provider awarded Gold status by Veeam

May 22nd 2013 – Specialist Managed IT Services provider Netshield are recognised for their technical skills and managed hosting services, by becoming a Veeam Gold Cloud provider.

Managed IT awarded Veeam Gold

Netshield Awarded Gold, Veeam Cloud Provider Status

To be accredited with this status the Managed IT Service provider required a range of Veeam technical and commercial certifications, skill sets, experience and training. The ability to implement and maintain VMware and Microsoft cloud environment products was also required for the Gold partner status.  This reflects Netshield’s ability to be able to deploy, maintain and monitor Veeam products efficiently and effectively within a virtual environment for their customers.

‘We have always used VMware and Microsoft products in our datacentres, which allow us to provide a state-of-the-art virtual environment and Veeam is one of the best agentless Virtual Data Backup and Protection product on the market. So, it was integral for Netshield technicians to be trained, certified and be Veeam technical experts’ commented Tony Sterling, Technical Director at Netshield.

For information on Netshield IT services please contact us

Benefits of Server Virtualization

Virtualization comes in different forms where each one would offer businesses a range of benefits. By far ‘Server Virtualization’ amongst SME’s is the most popular because it allows companies to consolidate existing physical servers using virtualization products such as VMWare and Windows Virtual Server.

Some of the Benefits of Server Virtualization includes:-

  • Reduce capital expenses – by decreasing the number of physical servers, you will reduce hardware maintenance costs, energy consumption and save space.
  • Maximizing use of existing resources – Virtualization makes server administration more efficient, agile and less time consuming.
  • By segregating applications into their own ‘virtual server’ it can prevent the applications from affecting another application when upgrades or changes needed to be made.
  • Faster data backup and recovery as image-based backup and recovery will be faster than tradition methods.

By just virtualizing your IT network servers if can offer a more robust and flexible IT network environment compared to a physical infrastructure. For consultation on virtualizing your IT environment please feel free to contact us

The Different Types of IT Network Virtualization

IT network virtualization has been around for many years and gaining in popularity amongst SMB’s,  with many currently planning or deploying virtualization projects. It has also been found that over 40% of medium sized businesses have already virtualized their servers.

Within the virtualization market there are 2 main competing brands VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, where both have their benefits. But, prior to choosing the software vendor a business must decide on what type of virtualization to proceed with and the objectives of the IT project.

There are 3 main types of IT Network Virtualization:

Storage Virtualization

Storage devices on the network like hard drives are consolidated into one place and managed by a central portal. This will allow network administrators to monitor resource levels available on the IT network and making it easier to manage day to day.

Network Virtualization

This is where a traditional IT network is transformed to a virtual network by combining both hardware and software resources within the IT infrastructure. The network administrator would then be able to share resources amongst the users, like dividing bandwidth into different channels. They will also be able to see the complete network in a management portal, which would help streamline processes and save time.

Server Virtualization

One of the most popular forms of virtualization – this is when virtual machines are created within physical servers but, the virtual machines will still appear to be in a separate space. Different tasks can then be assigned to different servers, allowing savings on processing power, cost and space while the administrator will still be able to diagnose and resolve issues quickly.

To find out how virtualization can help your business contact us today

Netshield has been awarded with VMware Enterprise Partner Accreditation

We are all happy campers here at Netshield today as we received the news that we are now accredited VMware Enterprise Partner’s…

It is especially exciting news since we attended the VMware Partner Exchange 2012 yesterday and we heard about all the lovely cloud computing and virtualisation technology in the pipeline, and judging by the presentations – IT virtualisation and consolidation within businesses can definitely improve efficiency and decrease costs.

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