UNIX Server Consolidation Strategies

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Executive Summary

Server sprawl is a term that describes the IT phenomenon in which multiple over-distributed and under-utilized servers are incurring a higher cost of operation than their return on investment. It is an offspring of the marriage of two other influential IT phenomena of the past decades - the highly popular distributed computing strategy and the increasingly affordable server. In the current economic climate, server sprawl is synonymous with irresponsible spending and unplanned growth, neither of which is tolerated when every company in every industry is looking for ways to cut costs to weather the financial storm of the century. This whitepaper examines the potential issues with uncontrolled server expansion, methods to rein in those servers, and the associated costs.

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