Many enterprises have begun the consolidation of servers within the data center. With the growing use of virtualization and the new, more powerful generation of servers now available, there is a growing push towards consolidation for enterprises of all sizes. One issue becomes critical: Which existing servers are the best candidates for migration?
Enterprises can begin to select those servers that will provide the greatest savings by identifying the server characteristics that lend themselves to easy migrations. These include:

  • Physically isolated servers which are difficult to maintain or service.
  • Low utilization servers.
  • Servers approaching the end of life, scheduled for upgrades or moves within the data center.
  • Older technologies that have been amortized.
  • Multiple servers within a single department or organization.

By carefully evaluating the equipment and applications to be consolidated, business unit push-back can be reduced, the migration process accelerated and expenses reduced, without significant disruption in operations.

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  • E67447c4d4c08d266577524dd050a077 comment
    Edie May | 07-12-2016

    it would be great if this report came with template for gathering the server specs and application characteristics.

    • 432c05244a845caaca3b276adb15a11e comment
      Info-Tech Research Group | 07-25-2016

      Thank you for your suggestion. While we don't have a specific template to record the information you're looking at, the Data Center Consolidation Tool [] may be a possible place to start. It enables the applications and infrastructure dependencies to be identified and then targeted for consolidation (although in this case it’s at a DC level). Another tool that has a similar approach but is focused on Enterprise SQL/Server databases is the Database Consolidation Inventory Tool [].


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