Consolidate Servers with Virtualization

Maximize Efficient Server Resources

Consolidate to Increase the Efficient Use of Server Resources

Server consolidation maximizes the efficient use of computer server resources by reducing the total number of servers within your business.

This practice was developed in response to server sprawl, a situation in which multiple, under-utilized servers take up more space and consume more resources than can be justified by their workload.  According to Tony Iams, Senior Analyst at D.H. Brown Associates Inc. in Port Chester, NY, servers in many companies typically run at 15-20% of their capacity.   Businesses are increasingly turning to server consolidation as a means of cutting unnecessary costs and maximizing return on investment (ROI) in the data center. Of 518 respondents in a Gartner Group research study, 6% had conducted a server consolidation project, 61% were currently conducting one, and 28% were planning to do so in the immediate future.

Although consolidation can substantially increase the efficient use of server resources, it may also result in complex configurations of data, applications, and servers that can be confusing for the average user. To alleviate this problem, server virtualization can be used to mask the details of server resources from users while optimizing resource sharing.

Virtualization Maximizes Utilization of Existing Resources

Server virtualization allows infrastructures to be managed efficiently as they undergo high rates of growth and change.

The most prevalent form of virtualization today, virtual operating systems (or virtual machines) is quickly becoming a core component of the IT infrastructure.  Virtual machines are typically standard operating systems (OS), such as the Windows Server family or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, running simultaneously on the same physical hardware.  Each OS instance is unaware that it is virtual and that other virtual operating systems are running at the same time. Companies like Microsoft, VMware, Intel, and AMD are leading the way in breaking the physical relationship between an operating system and its native hardware.  As the primary driving force, data center consolidation is bringing the benefits of virtual machines to the mainstream market.  Using virtual machine technologies, such as Microsoft’s Hyper-V, allows businesses  to reduce the number of physical machines in their data centers without reducing the number of underlying applications. This trend ultimately saves money on hardware, co-location fees, rack space, power, cable management, and more.

Should Your Company Consolidate Server Resources?  

The answer lies in an analysis of your current server needs and usage.  Our experienced technicians will do a thorough analysis of your current IT network and offer suggestions and solutions to assist you in maximizing your IT investment.

Call us for a FREE on-site analysis and find out how you can save time, money and resources with the use of SERVER VIRTUALIZATION.