Does it make sense to virtualize our servers if we only have one or two?

bcastle

Does it make sense to virtualize our servers if we only have one or two? There's a certain amount of cost and transition pain involved with a switch to virtual servers, and I'm not certain that I can justify it to our Finance department.

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dbrown
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I would guess that would be more trouble than it's worth.

lbloom
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There are costs involved in migrating one or two servers to virtualized versions, but the payoff is in the ability to migrate the server images to new hardware when it's time to upgrade your servers. Also depending on the server load, virtualizing will allow you to run multiple services on the same hardware in a "sandbox" so that you can grow your server use with new applications without threatening the stability of the server.

JpPhysics
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Based on the current size of your server farm, I would say no.

Chanses are you would need new hardware to run on, plus the price of an additional Operating system.  At the end of the day, you get absolutely no improvement.

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