MTN Business has launched a server virtualisation solution as its next step in data centre services and hosting.

MTN Server Virtualisation offers the same features as a conventional hardware-based server, without the need for physical hardware; space in a data centre or resources to maintain the servers; as well as a range of other features.
According to Edwin Thompson, GM of infrastructure & etchnology at MTN Business, the virtual server solution provides an organisation with a solution that is accessed via an MPLS network or the public Internet and, because there is no physical hardware present, services are in the cloud.
He says this approach provides customers with a value-added service that will not only meet individual business needs; save costs and make for easy implementation, but will also provide security and service flexibility, which will result in minimum downtime and higher availability.
“Justifying the adoption of a virtual server solution to our customers is almost unnecessary considering the topics of virtualisation and cloud computing hit the headlines in 2009 and market trends and opinions indicate that it's certainly not just hype.”
In a World Wide Worx survey commissioned by MTN Business late last year, 58% of 200 corporate IT decision-makers and managers were already using cloud computing services and 63% virtualisation. What’s more cloud computing topped Gartner’s list of the 10 top technologies that IT personnel need to plan for in 2010.
MTN server virtualisation can be customised on demand, which allows instant modification of a business’s capacity requirements – which incumbent hosting solutions are incapable of offering.
Says Thompson: “The customers virtual server exists in it own capsule to provides complete security and separation from any other virtual server that happens to exist in the shared infrastructure. Resources are guaranteed and performance is constantly monitored to ensure that our customer’s service is never negatively impacted.”
The solution also offers high resilience and availability, with backup service options. A range of the most recent versions of operating systems (both Microsoft and Unix) and applications are made available to each virtual server, resulting in installation being a quick and easy process.