By today’s standards, the levels below are a bit outdated, but I am leaving them as a reminder of how far we have come. I started in the IT infrastructure business when I was very young and have remained within some part of the IT industry all of my life. Some years ago, I ran one of the first facilities in the country that was able to successfully prove out a fail-over solution that would have allowed us to take down our server room at L3 Communications in Waco, TX, and go completely dark. We come back up on all new hardware in NYC within ten minutes. This was long before we had the cloud computing solutions that we have in place today in many organizations around the world. The below levels describe a computing solution that was offered by VMWare at the time. We used it as well as a customized offering by Parallels that allowed us to further reduce the footprint of these operations.

 

Level 3

Transform your IT infrastructure into a private cloud, then bridge on-demand to public clouds, delivering IT infrastructure as an easily accessible service. Use cutting edge techniques to deliver uncompromised control over all IT resources with the highest efficiency and choice in the industry.

Level 2

Create the foundation for a dynamic and automated data center with the market-leading hypervisors, delivering the highest levels of reliability and performance to applications. Record virtual performance levels delivering up-to 8,900 DB transactions per second, 200,000 I/O operations per second, and up to 16,000 Exchange mailboxes per host. Virtual machines can be configured with up to eight virtual processors and 255 GB of RAM to support the most resource-intensive applications.

Level 1

Simplify virtual machine provisioning and administration with a high-performance cluster file system optimized for virtual machines. Central storage of virtual machines provides more control, flexibility and performance in managing your virtualized IT environment. Parallels Virtuozzo, Xen, VMware Vsphere, ESXi, VMFS, VStorage, EMC