Combining Data Center Consolidation and Server Virtualization: The Path to Nirvana or the Road to Hell?


IT organizations combining data center consolidation and server virtualization must understand how the sequence of consolidation operations (i.e., server virtualization before, during, or after data center consolidation) can impact different aspects of the project. With that understanding, an institution can make the best choice for its particular set of circumstances. A successful combination of server virtualization and data center consolidation yields benefits, including a flexible infrastructure, efficient use of IT resources, reduced costs, and a better posture for adoption of cloud-related services. In Burton Group's opinion, the best path to this “consolidation nirvana” is to perform server virtualization before data center consolidation.

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Burton Group(www.burtongroup.com) provides technically in-depth research and advisory services for colleges and universities, government agencies, and commercial enterprises. Burton Group's practical and unbiased research and advice helps technologists make smart IT infrastructure decisions in increasingly complex environments. Burton Group covers directories, identity management, application platforms, architecture, and network and telecom infrastructure topics. Like ECAR, Burton Group is an unbiased advocate for the user and more than 80% of Burton Group's clients are user organizations rather than suppliers. EDUCAUSE member institutions can become users of Burton Group research services through EDUCAUSE pricing. Burton Group is an ECAR partner and can be contacted by email at slesueur@burtongroup.com or by telephone (801-523-6023).

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