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Using virtualization for cost-effective servers
This article is part of the May 2009, Vol. 10 issue of Virtual Data Center
Everything old is new again -- at least when it comes to data center computing. Early mainframes presented a centralized computing strategy, but this eventually gave way to a distributed computing model where servers appeared in departments and branch offices. Today, the proverbial pendulum has swung back toward a centralized model where servers are being moved to a single data center. This presents a unique challenge for IT professionals, who are often called on to support an ever-increasing number of servers and business processes with a decreasing budget. The good news is that there are several practical ways to address these problems and keep servers as cost-effective as possible. More on VM and server optimization: Virtual machine performance monitoring approaches and tools Stop server monitoring tools from crying wolf Virtual infrastructure management challenges: VM sprawl and security Control VM sprawl in your virtual server infrastructure How to optimize VM placement in data centers It might seem like IT professionals ...
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