P2V – What are the benefits?
Common questions we receive are around physical to virtual (P2V) recoveries and migrations. The benefits are what’s raised more often than not. Below are examples which we believe make it valid to go from physical to virtual.
Many vendors (such as VMWare) offer their own tools to convert your machine to guest: https://www.vmware.com/au/products/converter.html.
With the ever increasing capabilities of hardware; now more than ever one physical machine is able to house A LOT of virtual machines. It’s more economical to reduce the number of physical machines and direct funding into a low number of high end servers. This will reduce:
- the amount of maintenance required
- upgrade costs
- give your environment the added power so it can organically grow with your business.
- allows for legacy systems to be run within newer environments
Two of the critical factors to think about before beginning a P2V recovery or migration is:
- Not to be cheap on hardware.
- Don’t be in a rush to modify mission critical systems. i.e use non-critical systems as a guinea pig to iron out any issues you’ll encounter.
P2V migrations can improve performance
In certain circumstances, virtualization isn’t the right environment to run machines performing highly processor intensive tasks.
However; many servers perform mundane tasks like serving files or hosting a DB. You could actually see improved performance running your system within a VM environment.
Reduced physical space requirements
If you’re finding your server room becoming over crowded, then P2V is a possible way to save space. Virtual machines are also hardware independent and will run on just about anything post 2010. As mentioned above, P2V is a good way to also reduce maintenance and upgrade costs – purely because you’re working on a smaller physical layer.
Easier for disaster recovery
Since your machines will be running within a virtual machine, it’s more flexible and less time consuming to perform a disaster recovery of your guest machines. All you need to do is:
- Create a new guest on another host machine.
- Point the new guest to the .vhdx (Hyper-V) or .vmdk (VMware)
- Boot up and keep running.
When it comes to testing your disaster recovery capabilities; taking a look at our services: https://testmybackups.com/recovery-testing/.