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Server Virtualisation - is hardware consolidation and DR reason enough?

By Chrisfc ·
Hi All,
Our organisation is ready to push through with some upgrades.

We're running 2x IBM servers (235/335) on Windows 2000 with one being our exchange server, the other our SQL server. We have a few other applications running (accounts/CRM etc)

The organisation has tripled in size (was 25, now 75), however we've been waiting until resources are available to upgrade. This will happen soon;

Should we go virtual with VMware, or is this for the datacentre only?

I'm seriously looking at a server with a lot of RAM and processing power, on which I can install 3/4 Server 2k3 instances.

From what I can see;
DR is easier - no more bare metal rebuilds
Lower TCO on hardware and running costs

I'd love to hear from others with similar experience or insight.
Regards,
Chris

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by Jmoody10 In reply to Server Virtualisation - i ...

While both sides have the pros and cons, I personally feel that, in an organization that is as small as yours, there is really no need to go virtual. In most cases, moving servers from a physical to virtual is due to lack of physical space and a constant need to replace and upgrade servers.

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