Server consolidation with server virtualization: An in-depth guide

In this special report, industry experts offer advice on why, when and how to use virtualization technologies to consolidate server workloads.

Jan Stafford
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Jan Stafford
In this special report, industry experts offer advice on why, when and how to use virtualization technologies to consolidate server workloads.

Today's data center managers often control networks populated by hundreds of servers, and often each server runs just one application and requires its own management console. This server glut has made administration a logistical nightmare, and IT managers have told us -- in surveys and interviews -- that they're exploring ways to move server workloads onto fewer servers. In the past, logical partitioning and clustering were the primary consolidation tactics. Today, virtualization promises a more robust and flexible alternative.

Virtualization combines software and hardware to support multiple applications and operating systems running on a single server, while isolating one workload from another. As a result, server utilization levels are increased, and the number of servers needed to support applications is reduced.

To find out more about server consolidation via virtualization, check out these articles, tips, podcasts and more.

-Jan Stafford, Senior Site Editor

Barb Goldworm
Server consolidation: Why virtualize with blades?

Barb Goldworm discusses the numerous advantages of blade servers, including space savings, improved scalability, reduced complexity and better manageability.

Blades for server consolidation: Some considerations
Blades, in combination with server virtualization, provide a strong foundation on which to build next-generation data centers as part of your consolidation efforts. The considerations in this article can help you decide if/where/when blades fit best into your consolidation project.

@23837Interview: Why server virtualization?
Advances in 64-bit computing are just one reason that IT managers are taking a hard look at virtualization technologies outside the confines of the traditional data center, says Jan Stafford, senior editor of SearchServerVirtualization.com.




Download her podcast (Running time approx six minutes.)

Joan Goodchild

Virtualization eases server sprawl at healthcare company
Server consolidation and time savings are the two big benefits of virtualization, according to one healthcare company.

Virtualization, blades hot for server consolidation
Consolidating servers in the data center is a challenge most IT departments want to address. Virtualization and blades are two choices that are gaining momentum in the server room and data center. But which is the best option for maximizing server utilization in your enterprise? We examine the options -- and trends beyond them -- in this news feature.

Download the podcast, (running time approx. four minutes,) or read the print article.

David Marshall
Interview: Virtualization software or blade servers?
In this in-depth interview, David Marshall, co-author of a new book on advanced server virtualization, discusses the relative merits of virtualization software versus blade servers for containing server room sprawl.


Download this podcast, (running time approx. six minutes,) or read the print article.

Erick Halter
Expert Advice: Best practices for getting started with virtualization
Erick Halter, co-author of Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise, outlines his best practices for getting started with server virtualization.




Download his podcast, (running time approx. 3.5 minutes,) or read the print article.

Bernard Golden
Fast guide to server consolidation and virtualization
In this 15-minute fast guide, systems integrator Bernard Golden reveals the pros and cons of using virtualization as a server consolidation strategy. He'll discuss and show charts for configurations for various server consolidation approaches, including examples of virtualization configurations.


View his webcast.

Serdar Yegulalp


Migrating a physical machine into a virtual machine with Microsoft Virtual Server
Being able to merge five or more older servers into one new one saves energy and frees up needed rack space or floor space. Take a tour through this step-by-step tutorial on migrating your machine into Microsoft Virtual Server with Virtual Server Migration Toolkit.



This was first published in July 2006

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