By virtualizing applications and efficiently using available server resources, you can cut down on the physical equipment you need, saving space and money. But you can’t implement virtualization and benefit from consolidation if you don’t have the right servers for the job. We’ll show you some of the most important features to look for and help you get the best performance for your money.

Choose Memory & Networking

As x86 servers, which are good fits for virtualization, start to approach the commodity level, it makes sense to focus on more than just the processor. John Sloan, lead analyst at Info-Tech Research Group, says the processor type is “not going to be a differentiator from one brand of server to the next.” Instead, he says, consider where the potential bottlenecks would be if you implemented virtualization and use those predictions to pinpoint important features.

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Published: February 22, 2013
Last Revised: March 13, 2013

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