Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Virtualization on blade servers: Hardware, software factors

November 12, 2008 Published by

Systems Channel Advisor
Factors to consider when using blade servers for virtualization
Joseph Ortiz, Contributor

The ever-increasing costs of data center space, power and cooling along with tightening IT budgets and scaled-back staffing have led your customers to look for new options while still providing the computing resources they need to successfully compete in the marketplace.

The newest solution to these challenges is the combination of virtualization and blade servers. Together, they can drastically reduce the amount of space required for a company's computing workloads. But before recommending virtualized blade servers, you'll of course need to examine whether or not they can address your customer's problems in a cost-effective manner. In other words, you need to understand what the core issues are in using blade servers for virtualization, as well as what can be accomplished via virtualization management tools.

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