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More with Less: Applying Server Consolidation One Day at a Time



Follow an IT Consultant with over 19 years of industry experience and expertise in server consolidation, virtualization, Microsoft server products, application tuning, performance testing, and .NET development as he shares techniques for reducing datacent



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The More We Change, The More We Stay the Same

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 03:19:32 GMT

For the past four years, I've taken my chances and followed a career path that I felt was the wave of the future, Consolidation. Whether it was hosting more apps on a single OS, consolidating more instances of a database, or vitalizing multiple systems, consolidation has been the core of my interest. From this, new off shoots of interest arise. Performance tuning, datacenter design, and application design all played small parts of a larger picture. Now, I find that I am looking more at TCO/ROI, Business Continuance, and Cloud Computing as new branches of the old consolidation mantra. Yet, at its heart, consolidation is still the primary driving force behind many It decisions today.



Back in the swing of Consolidation

Thu, 23 Jun 2005 20:50:50 GMT

No mater what size you company is, everyone seems to be talking about doing more with less. Consolidation makes sense at all level. But rather than consolidating after you have grown beyond your manageable threshold, start planning on maintaining a consolidated state while the processes are easy to change and the datacenter footprint is still small. You are going to hear some common themes from me if you follow this blog. Process and Politics trumps technology every time! If you do not have



Database Consolidation Part 1

Tue, 19 Apr 2005 16:57:57 GMT

What will you need to know? Even in a small engagement, you will start with the following details to establish a framework to compare and match servers for potential consolidation candidates



Solution Accelerator for Consolidating and Migrating LOB Applications

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 23:58:58 GMT

For those of you who are not familiar with Mixed Workload Consolidation, think of it as running multiple Line of Business(LOB) applications on a single server. To help make it easier, Microsoft has step-up and introduced a guide to assess, test, plan, and design an environment for mixed application environments.



Shock and Awe Part II

Wed, 30 Mar 2005 14:28:28 GMT

Multiple datacenter consolidations are a whole new animal. At what point is it justifiable to shut down and consolidate multiple datacenters. I work for an organization that has taken 52 datacenters around the world and consolidated them down to 3 for our own operational efficiency. The effort in planning is monumental if you don't have a clear idea of your drivers, a formal methodology, and the technology to ensure you succeed.



Shock and Awe Part 1

Sat, 05 Mar 2005 17:26:55 GMT

I recently responded to someone who ask what parts of an organization are typically impacted by consolidation. After I started naming the impact and touch points of the project, I think they were a little taken back by the potential global ramifications of a datacenter consolidation.



Does Less Mean Less or is Less Sometime More?

Mon, 28 Feb 2005 23:53:37 GMT

Not all consolidations result in a net savings. Do your homework before your pay the price. Imagine this scenario. Your company has 200 SQL Servers across the enterprise. Some ofthese se...



How they did it. Microsoft's Infrastructure Consolidation

Thu, 24 Feb 2005 12:10:05 GMT

Looking to find some quick background on how Microsoft implemented its own Windows Infrastructure Consolidaiton? Look no further...



Getting Started: Exchange Server Consolidation

Tue, 22 Feb 2005 22:57:00 GMT

A collection of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Consolidation White Papers, Tools, Best Practices, and resources to get your Consolidation process started.



Consolidation and the 'Silver Bullet' Myth

Mon, 21 Feb 2005 22:38:45 GMT

Dispelling the myth of a single best way to consolidate servers and applications.



What are you talking about?

Wed, 16 Feb 2005 16:24:56 GMT

Before I get too deep into the subject of consolidation, I want to start with a firm understanding of how I will use terms related to consolidation. First, let's clarify some terms.