Virtualization

Server Consolidation through Virtualization

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Executive Summary

Microsoft customers discussing data center management prioritize server consolidation as a critical business requirement. With the real cost savings and benefits that can be realized with virtualization, such as reduced server sprawl, increasing returns on hardware, and more, many organizations are applying a strategy for virtualization. Microsoft System Center delivers powerful capabilities to simplify, automate, and accelerate a server consolidation strategy. With support for Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, and VMware ESX Server, along with its ability to easily align with process frameworks such as ITIL1, System Center is ideally placed to start a new server consolidation project, fit into an existing virtualization strategy, or help consolidate servers into a Microsoft-based virtualization technology.

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