Brittany Hafer Flash Assignment #3 – Severs and Storage Technologies October 2, 2012 Our manufacturing company currently has 1,000 servers in our data center costing $8,000 total to purchase. In addition, we spend $2,000,000 per year for hardware and software maintenance, technical support, and power and cooling. However, if we utilize virtualization to consolidate server workloads through VMware, the first cloud operating system, we would save a total of $9,200,000 over a three-year investment period. VMware is the industry’s first cloud operating system. It leverages virtualization to transform datacenters into cloud computing infrastructures. Meaning, you can access applications, data, and any other resources virtually just as fast as the traditional physical storage. The main benefit of virtualization is consolidation of server workloads. On average virtualization through VMware, we can consolidate 10 physical servers onto a single virtual machine server allowing 80% of our servers to run as virtual machines. Essentially, we could be running 80 virtual machine servers and 200 traditional physical severs and significantly decreasing annual costs by doing so. Overall, utilizing virtualization through VMware will decrease the amount of physical servers to maintain. Furthermore; the cost of maintenance, technical support, and power and cooling will decrease as well each year. Applications will still be able to be accessed just as fast as if they were on a physical server. VMware is also a global leader in virtualization with over 400,000 customers and 100% from Fortune 100 companies. If we implement VMware we will save $9,200,000. Work Cited Thomas. "The Benefits of VMWare." SANDirect.com. SANDirect, 2 May 2011. Web. Oct. 2012. <http://www.sandirect.com/the-benefits-of-vmware-b-22.html>. VMware Virtualization Software for Desktops, Servers & Virtual Machines for Public and Private Cloud Solutions. VMware, n.d. Web. Oct. 2012. <http://www.vmware.com/>. Webb, Sam. "Virtualization in the Trenches with VMware, Part 1: Basics and Benefits."Ars Technina. Conde Nast, Feb. 2011. Web. Oct. 2012. <http://arstechnica.com/business/2011/02/virtualization-in-the-trenches-withvmware-part-1-basics-and-benefits/>.