What Is Holding Back Server Consolidation? - Slide 2

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Virtual environments can easily accommodate higher consolidation ratios, but the rest of the data center might not. Whether you have 10, 20 or 100 VMs on one physical server, all that data still has to go through the same I/O channel.

Most enterprises have embraced virtualization primarily as a means to consolidate hardware. Cloud computing, converged networking, flexible data environments -- all of these goals are worthy, but the immediate concern is to increase both performance and capacity without busting the budget.

That's why it's disheartening to learn that many enterprises feel they are on the cutting edge with a 15:1 consolidation ratio even while the top virtual environments can support 30:1 or even 50:1. Clearly, there's a disconnect here. So our Arthur Cole set out to identify some of the chief barriers to increased consolidation, in the hope that identifying the problems will spur a stronger drive to overcome them -- and produce a leaner, meaner data center in the end.

 

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