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Server Workload Consolidation

Methodology

  • Determine scope of project - by application, by server type, by operating system, by site, etc.
  • Inventory of servers using raw capacity estimator worksheets (see samples)
  • Look for largest, out of capacity and/or best candidates for consolidation using various forms of virtualization
  • Initial analysis for upgrade and/or replacement servers using raw capacity estimator worksheets (see samples)
  • Analyze CPU and I/O busy for server and major applications (peak and average over a period of a week or a month)
  • Determine optimum replacement(s) or upgrades of hardware and software (see case studies)
  • TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) analysis (see details)
  • Detail recommendatios of competitive solutions
  • Presentation of scope, activities, analysis and recommendations

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