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Selecting the best virtual server for your enterprise
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of December 2009, Vol. 17
Success with virtualization depends on the underlying servers. Even though virtualization introduces a software layer that abstracts each workload from the hardware, the servers must still provide adequate computing resources that fit within an organization’s financial goals. An organization needs to understand the forces that drive server selection, recognize the offerings from different vendors and demonstrate a keen knowledge of internal budgeting. Then it’s possible to focus on more specific details such as hardware considerations, operating system choices, systems management decisions and even the virtualization platform itself. So what kind of servers should you specify for your enterprise? Which vendors and operating systems should you consider? How might virtualization influence your choice? TechTarget surveyed IT professionals about their current and future server decisions, and here is what they had to say. Picking servers for data centers Let’s start by understanding the issues that drive server selection in the ...
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Hardware purchases remain flat as virtualization spending and deployments show steady growth.
IT process automation tools help tackle workflow challenges in virtual machine management, disaster recovery and server consolidation - and free up IT staff for higher-level virtualization projects.
If you're getting more involved with virtualization, you may want to take another look at your high-availability architecture. Redundancy and abstraction can help prevent problems.