Virtualization Technology: 10 Best Practices for Data Center Consolidation

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-22 Print this article Print
10 Best Practices for Data Center Consolidation

10 Best Practices for Data Center Consolidation

by Chris Preimesberger
Virtualization for consolidating servers and storage arrays isn't just a smart idea anymore—it's a de facto data center best practice. As enterprise data center managers and CIOs/CTOs update their legacy systems, they are using virtualization as a way to get better utilization out of their existing servers and storage arrays and to cut down on the number of machines taking power out of the wall. For the record, virtualization software shifts conventional single-purpose application servers to a pool of computing power that requires fewer servers, enabling notable performance gains and reducing the electrical energy used to run them. However, there is a lot more to consider than simply virtualization when it comes to consolidating a data center. The information in this slide show was compiled by nlyte Software in Menlo Park, Calif., which provides data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software and services for intelligent capacity planning.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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