Nov 13 2023
Data Center

Review: Citrix Hypervisor Consolidates Virtual Machines onto a Physical Server

This virtualization application helps state and local agencies make the most of their data center infrastructure.

State and local agencies should harness the full benefits of their data centers to bolster citizen services using transformative solutions. For that to happen, CIOs and CTOs must start by analyzing, integrating and optimizing their current and planned use of data virtualization solutions.

By virtualization, I mean solutions that empower IT data centers to run multiple independent computing sessions simultaneously on a single physical computer. By enabling one system to support or host multiple guest virtual machines, agencies are essentially sharing hardware resources. Agencies virtualizing powerful servers can reduce the total cost of ownership for every server in their department.

How can state and local governments go about achieving this ambitious goal?

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The Citrix Hypervisor Features Resource Improvements

Citrix offers the widest variety of graphics processing unit pass-through options as well as virtualized GPU options. These let virtual machines access physical GPUs installed on host machines for improved performance.

Citrix Hypervisor helps enterprises of any size consolidate and transform computing resources into virtual workloads, improving data center capabilities. Å recent look at the Citrix Hypervisor left me impressed by the platform’s features and capabilities. It would well serve CIOs looking for cost-effective desktop, server and cloud virtualization infrastructures. Specifically, this solution cuts costs while improving the utilization rates of existing hardware resources. 

The most effective feature I observed was Citrix Hypervisor’s ability to consolidate multiple virtual machines onto a physical server, a key component of data center optimization strategy for state and local governments. This also reduces the number of separate disk images agencies need to manage. The process is not a simple one, but Citrix Hypervisor allows even less experienced IT professionals to initiate the transformations and monitor the enterprise once completed.

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Why the Citrix Hypervisor 8.2 Requires a Fresh Start

Citrix Hypervisor 8.2 must be installed fresh; there is no direct path for an upgrade from previous versions. As such, agencies are advised to start from scratch with the process, which Citrix thankfully makes rather easy.

Once I performed a fresh installation, this new iteration easily integrated with the existing networking and storage infrastructures in my test bed. It also scheduled maintenance with zero downtime, since it migrates virtual machines between Citrix Hypervisor hosts in real time.

Cutting-edge data architectures, such as data mesh and composable applications, may be the future of agency data centers, but virtualization capabilities from solutions such as Citrix Hypervisor are the vehicles that will help drive those modernization efforts forward.

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