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Server Consolidation

As businesses grow, IT departments must rapidly add computing capacity. Typically this is done by adding new servers with a variety of operating systems. However, as a consequence of bringing in more and more servers, organizations face a growing server sprawl presenting challenges that include:

Increased costs. In addition to the expense of adding new servers, organizations face the added costs associated with increasing hardware—rising costs for power, cooling, network infrastructure, storage infrastructure, server administration, data center upgrades and new data centers.

Low return on investment. The common practice of dedicating a single server to each x86 application and sizing it for peak loads has led to severe underutilization of server assets, in most data centers. While servers typically run at 5-15% CPU utilization, traditional business process and technology limitations make it difficult to improve these utilization rates.

Decreased manageability. Managing servers becomes increasingly difficult as the number of servers grows and the number of applications multiplies. Added to that challenge is the heterogeneous mix of hardware, server models, operating systems and configurations that IT Departments have to support.

Reduced efficiency. As server sprawl increases, IT organizations are forced to spend more time on reactive tasks such as server provisioning, configuration, monitoring and maintenance. Server sprawl leaves less time for proactive, strategic projects to improve infrastructure and service levels.

Server consolidation and containment solutions, implemented with VMware Infrastructure, meet the challenges of server sprawl and underutilization by reducing hardware and operating costs by as much as 50%. Server consolidation, through a virtual infrastructure, also simplifies server deployment and automates resource management by optimizing capacity and infrastructure management. By consolidating physical systems, in the data center, onto servers with VMware’s Virtual Infrastructure Suite, enterprises experience:
  • Lower total cost of ownership of servers
  • Higher server utilization
  • Increased operational efficiency
  • Improved manageability

“Enterprises that do not leverage virtualization technologies will spend at least 25% more annually for hardware, software, labor and space for their x86 servers than their competitors that do” - Gartner.

Freedom Groups is a fully accredited VMWare Enterprise VIP Partner, allowing us to provide you with the complete suite of VMWare products, with the backing of trained & certified staff to carry out VMWare implementations from initial assessments through to project implementation and completion. Freedom Groups has adopted the Virtual Infrastructure Methodology (VIM) which is split into 4 phases: Asses, Plan, Build and Manage to ensure that all VMWare projects have defined and measurable objectives, deliverables and business benefits. These projects can often be categorized within the following areas: To learn more about transitioning toward a virtualized environment contact us.


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