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Data center consolidation: 10 takeaways from the pros

A data center consolidation can be the crowning achievement of an IT career, but also one of the biggest gambles. Here are five pros that pulled it off, and five tips to getting it done.

Data center consolidation can be an effective way to cut costs by eliminating obvious wastes, such as paring down 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:

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