Today’s average server consumes four times as much power (400W) as the average server 10 years ago. This increased power consumption coupled with the traditional and outdated “one workload, one server” strategy has led to a phenomena dubbed as “Server Sprawl.” This sprawl occurs due to the under-utilization of today’s powerful servers. On average, servers operate at about 5-15% of their total workload capacity. Inefficiency is compounded when additional servers are added to satisfy the needs of a growing business. Eventually, the power, cooling, network infrastructure, administrative overhead, and real estate costs associated with adding these additional servers cripple operating efficiency.
How to stay Green and stay Lean
Virtuon’s server consolidation and cloud computing strategies address the debilitating aspects of server sprawl.
Server consolidation reduces hardware requirements by 10:1 or better. The VMware ESX platform can support more than 100 virtual machines and the vast majority of ESX users run 10 or more applications from a single piece of hardware. The efficiency optimization alone dramatically reduces costs and optimizes your business. The impact of virtualization on energy consumption is so considerable that utility providers in California are paying customers for server virtualization projects that result in the removal of server computing equipment.
When your business eliminates future problems by enabling optimization strategies today, you become more flexible and more efficient. Costs associated with server sprawl evaporate and future IT bottlenecks no longer pose a threat to the long term success of your business.
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