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Alternative ways to consolidate your servers

Exploring alternatives to server consolidation besides virtualization, site expert Andrew Kutz answers this user question.

What are other methods of consolidation besides virtualization?
There are several types of consolidation:

Storage - When you pool storage together into a Storage Area Network (SAN) or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.

I/O - When you aggregate I/O devices into a single unit, such as an Ethernet switch module on the back of a blade server chassis.

Some people consider blade servers as a means of compute server consolidation, but unless you are implementing virtualization on the blades, you will still have the same number of physical servers. In fact, blade servers represent I/O consolidation.

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