Server Consolidation is a popular way to make more efficient use of hardware and resources. It’s a terrific way for IT to save their budget, especially considering that so few servers are used to their full capacity. At this point, we'll answer the question, “what is server consolidation?” and understand why it’s an important project to implement for your business.
Server consolidation is a way to make a more efficient IT environment by combining servers or replacing legacy servers with virtual systems. You do that by running multiple virtualized servers on one physical server.
Server consolidation is exactly what it sounds like, it’s essentially consolidating hardware for more effective usage.
The goal of consolidation is most commonly to minimize and potentially eliminate overhead costs of operational maintenance and physical storage of network infrastructure. Methods such as virtualization are often seen as the first step, this allows you to save hard costs like square footage where hardware once lived, money spent on power consumption and ongoing hardware maintenance costs – which add up.
For example, say you have a web server, a file server and a backup server. The web server is always running, but doesn’t use a lot of resources. The file server is running during business hours, but does next to nothing at night. The backup server runs every night, not in the evening or during the day, and consumes the most resources. The file server and the backup server aren’t maxing out at the same time, meaning they are idle most of the time. The web server is always running, but doesn’t use all of the resources it has. If all 3 of these servers are virtual machines on the same machine, then the cost of boosting the power of each server is cut down by one third, as there is only one machine to upgrade. All of the VMs [virtual machines] benefit, and there is less likely to be dormant resources. Consolidation can thus save money while keeping your servers running more efficiently.
Our server consolidation and virtualization planning, design and implementation services will help your organization slash the IT costs related to deploying, licensing, managing and supporting your existing server environment and expertly guide you through your virtualization journey.
Achieve More Control and Flexibility
Slash capital and operating costs while dramatically increasing IT service delivery capabilities, without being locked into limited choices of vendor hardware, operating systems and application versions.
- Reduce hardware and operating costs by as much as 50% and energy costs by 80%, saving more per year for every server workload virtualized.
- Reduce the time it takes to provision new servers down to minutes Decrease downtime and improve reliability with business continuity and built-in data disaster recovery.
- Deliver IT services on-demand now and in the future, independent of hardware, OS, application or infrastructure providers.
Increase efficiency by Consolidating Hardware resources & maximizing Utilization rates
By consolidating your server hardware resources, your organization will:
- Increase hardware utilization from 5-15% to up to 80%.
- Reduce total hardware requirements by a 10:1 ratio or better.
Our Professional Services team can help you assess your IT environment to identify consolidation candidates and to calculate the potential savings from using virtualization.
Eliminate Over-Provisioning - Increase Server Utilization to as Much as 80%
Get more out your existing resources by consolidating x86 servers. The traditional “one workload, one box” approach to server provisioning inevitably leads to over-provisioning and underutilization of hardware assets. Most servers operate at only about 5-15% of their total load capacity.
The costs of delivering power, cooling, network and storage infrastructure, administrative and hardware support resources and data center real estate to lots of underutilized servers is prohibitively high. You can eliminate these inefficiencies and unnecessary costs by converting your x86 physical machines into fully functional virtual machines.
Each virtual machine represents a complete system—with processors, memory, networking, storage and BIOS—enabling you to run Windows, Linux, Solaris and NetWare operating systems and applications on the lean virtualized hardware resource pool, at the same time. Running multiple workloads on a few properly configured x86 servers lets you increase the utilization of your hardware assets from 10-15% to as much as 80%.
Slash Hardware & Operating Costs
With much fewer physical systems, much less money is spent on energy consumption to meet the power and cooling requirements. Cost savings are significant: approximately €500-600 per server, per year.
Simplify Management of Your Virtual Infrastructure
While virtualization reduces the amount of hardware in your company, you’ll still need tools and solutions for managing workloads on virtual machines. We offer solutions such as VMware tools to manage and automate your entire virtual infrastructure, enabling you to:
- Manage and monitor virtual machines from a central location.
- Reduce the time it takes to provision new servers down to minutes.
- Allocate shared IT resources with greater flexibility Manage Heterogeneous Systems from a Single Point of Control.
- Maximize the Efficiency & Responsiveness of your IT infrastructure.
- Perform Live Migration of Virtual Machines.
- Deliver Mission-Critical Services on Demand, leveraging automated procedures.