Server virtualization quiz: Question 9

Answer to server virtualization quiz: Question 9

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9. True or false? It is best to consolidate virtual machines with homogenous workloads to the same physical server.

a) True
b) False

Answer: False

Following the logic of like-virtual machines with like-virtual machines is a common error. Depending on the type of business being run, capacity planning by workload may potentially negate the purpose for virtualization.

More on capacity planning:
Step-by-step virtualization adoption: capacity planning
For instance, if your data center supports a production heavy business and all the production servers are virtualized and consolidated together, then non-production servers may become inefficient while the others are overloaded. Fortunately, there are tools available to help with capacity planning.
This was first published in October 2006

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