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How do they make sure that the servers they purchase and deploy are most efficient in terms of cost and energy? In the Microsoft Global Foundation Services organization (GFS) - which builds and manages them company datacenters that house tens of thousands of servers - they do this by first performing detailed analysis of the internal workloads. Then by implementing a formal analysis process to right size the servers they deploy an immediate and long term cost savings can be realized. GFS finds that testing on actual internal workloads leads to much more useful comparison data versus published benchmark data. In rightsizing the servers they balance systems to achieve substantial savings.
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