What Is Holding Back Server Consolidation? - Slide 6

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The fact is that the rapid pace of virtualization development, from the first release of VMware to Xen, Hyper-V, vSphere, desktop virtualization and now the cloud -- public, private and hybrid -- has sown a lot of confusion in the IT community, with no one really quite sure where this is all heading.

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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