Virtualization and Server Consolidation

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
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