Data center consolidation can be an effective way to cut costs by eliminating obvious wastes, such as paring down...
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the application portfolio, eliminating unused files, and retiring or putting to work under-utilized hardware. However, cutting costs by way of consolidation requires more work than simply reducing server and software sprawl: it requires planning and lots of it.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of your data center consolidation, a host of issues must be considered:
- Changes in the physical space between servers and users
- Virtualization consideratons,
- Flexibility to accommodate future changes,
- Planning for possible technical issues,
- Changes in local and market costs for labor and materials,
- Changes in users' experience and expectations,
In short, planning is the key. The articles here take a closer look at some issues with and examples of data center consolidation. They not only present information about data center consolidation from a rhetorical perspective, they also explore what some institutions have done well, what can be done better, and what shouldn't be done at all.
Data center consolidation case studies
- U.S. Census reins in data center sprawl.
- University shrinks two data centers into one in 24 hours
- Monsanto scraps server sprawl
- Data center consolidation saves Oregon millions
- Wisconsin: A state of consolidation
Data center consolidation advice
- Four mistakes to avoid during data center consolidation
- HP's data center consolidation provides management insights
- Consolidation and virtualization: The same, but different
- Are consolidation cost savings worth the effort?
- Consolidate painlessly and save money