Database Consolidation and Automation

Simplifying Operations and Management
Improved Service Levels…Better Accounting…Lower Cost
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Maintaining and fine-tuning databases are critical but have resulted in inconsistent control, underutilized servers, inefficient administration practices and poor service levels.

Consolidated Database Infrastructure
Key Areas of Concern:
  • Data is spread around the company without a consistent way to ensure compliance with company policies.
  • Database servers average less than 30% utilization, resulting in high hardware, energy and location costs.
  • Databases are administered by individuals using different management practices for like applications.
  • Most database instances do not have consistent backup or business continuity practices.
  • Databases have short performance spikes during certain times of the year. As a result, IT administrators are concerned about virtualization performance overhead during those periods.
  • Departments and end users often find it easier to deploy their own databases than go through the process of getting database services from IT.
  • Lack of a server virtualization solution for the Mac OS X platform restricts organizations incorporating the Mac server to non-virtualized "One OS — One Machine" infrastructures
Key Objectives:
  • Lower Costs — Hardware, energy, space
  • Better Compliance — Consistent audit and retention policies
  • Improved Management — Consistent management practices
  • Better Administration — DBAs manage all database infrastructure
  • Accurate Accounting — Departments charged for actual DB usage
  • Better Service Levels — Backup, load balancing, and availability
  • Platform Standardization — Standardize hardware with multi-OS availability

Parallels delivers a database automation solution that enables IT administrators to define database offerings for their business and empowers users with shared databases or isolated private databases depending on their needs.

The table below describes on Parallels’ products help with database consolidation and automation.

IT Administrators

End Users & Departments
Parallels Business Automation
Easily create a DB request portal and track usage by user/department Simple system to request shared or isolated DBs and track usage
Parallels Operations Automation
Determine approvals process and set provisioning rules Provisions databases and enables delegated management
Parallels Virtual Automation
Manage containers, resources allocations, backups, & migrations... N/A
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
Enables isolation and high density DB environments Provides isolated containers for more control over databases

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers has operational and performance efficiencies when many like applications are held on the same physical server. Contrary to the typical hypervisor approach for placing one important application on a server with less critical applications, the management and performance benefits can be enhanced when loading several databases on the same server. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers delivers native server performance by leveraging native hardware and device drivers, maintaining all OS optimizations and performing native context switches between applications.
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Parallels Virtuozzo Containers — with Live Migration capabilities
With Live Migration, applications can be seamlessly moved from one server to another, to ensure that performance sensitive applications have all the resources they need to deliver the demanded service levels.

Parallels Virtual Automation provides IT administrators with complete management of the virtualized infrastructure for databases. Powerful tools help the administrators with large scale management of their virtual infrastructure across different platforms. Administrators can also leverage tools to comprehensively manage the whole lifecycle of the virtualized IT infrastructure.
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Parallels Operations Automation solutions enable IT administrators to better manage their IT infrastructure and improve IT service levels through the provisioning of virtual servers, databases, and applications. The solution automates key IT processes and provides delegated management throughout the organizations.
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Parallels Business Automation solutions simplifies the interaction between the IT organization and the customers. Organizations can take advantage of solutions that automate key IT business functions including service ordering, chargeback accounting, management delegation, self-service management portal.
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White Paper: Workflow Management
This paper describes how to take advantage of workflow management capabilities in Parallels Virtuozzo Containers to create an automated data center.


Customer Success Story: Exenet
This customer success story shows the implementation of a service provider supporting a Wall Street Hedge fund’s critical trading database housed in Parallels Virtuozzo Containers.

Desktop Virtualization
- Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
- Parallels Transporter
- Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition
- Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition
- Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM
Server Virtualization
- Parallels Cloud Server
- Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0 Beta
- Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
- Parallels Automation
- Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure
- Parallels Business Automation Standard
- Parallels Virtual Automation
- Parallels Plesk Panel Suite
- Web Presence Builder
- Parallels Plesk Automation
- Parallels Small Business Panel
- Value-added Services for Hosters
- Parallels Partner Storefront
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