What Is Holding Back Server Consolidation? - Slide 3

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Despite what you hear about "storage virtualization," there is no way to repurpose storage capacity that is already holding data. At best, you can reduce the number of duplicate files scattered throughout the data center and improve nearline performance by updating backup and archiving processes.

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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