What Is Holding Back Server Consolidation? - Slide 7

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It's all well and good for a vendor to claim 100-VM capability on its new release, but it is not responsible for your data. In all likelihood, the newest server designs are being engineered around low-power, high-VM usage.

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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