Why is Kingston interested in the Virtualisation market?
Because each server that is virtualised needs to have enough memory installed in order to properly support its Virtual Machines and their applications.
Does Kingston have a product that does something specific for virtualisation?
No, our memory is just that — memory to be installed in the physical server.
Why does a server need more memory for virtualisation?
There are two key reasons to have more memory available — to run the virtualisation software and to support all virtual machines with their applications without impacting on performance.
Do the virtualisation software companies recognise memory as a key hardware component?
Yes. In fact, Kingston worked with the leader in the virtualisation space, VMware, to create a technical paper about the role of memory in VI3 – their enterprise server virtualisation platform.
Isn’t virtualisation supposed to reduce hardware requirements?
Yes. Key drivers for IT adoption include the many benefits in virtualising a data centre and consolidating server hardware. However, each of the virtualised servers should have enough physical memory to ensure successful consolidation.
Don’t the virtualisation software companies include memory management features to reduce memory requirements?
Yes, virtualisation software often include features to manage memory overcommitment. VMware provides memory sharing and swapping/ballooning capabilities to dynamically share and reallocate limited memory resources. However, with enough physical memory, the performance impact of these features is minimised.
What is a virtual infrastructure?
In an IT environment that has been virtualised, the virtual infrastructure is a layer that consists of the shared pool of processors, storage, memory and other resources. On top of this layer, virtual machines can be set up and tailored for individual departmental use. This is where Kingston server memory fits into the solution — our memory is a key part of the virtual infrastructure.