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The average server utilization in an enterprise environment ranges from 5 to 40 percent, leaving at least 60 percent of the available capacity unused. With Virtualization from Novell, you can consolidate workloads running on multiple physical servers onto a single physical server and harness unused computing power.
With Virtualization from Novell, you can reduce your total number of servers by migrating multiple environments on different physical machines to individual virtual machines hosted on a single server. As a result, you can increase your CPU utilization and the efficiency of your server hardware
Key Benefits of Virtualization
Using Virtualization from Novell to consolidate all of your server applications onto a single physical server has many benefits, including:
* Increased server utilization
* Lower server admin, maintenance and energy costs
* Reduced software and hardware costs
* Reduced complexity
* A smaller data center footprint with no reduction in scalability
The days of companies buying racks full of "pizza boxes" may be coming to an end, as the increased adoption of server virtualization has businesses scrambling to virtualize the loads of multiple individual server boxes onto larger, more powerful multicore servers.
Servers of the future are likely to be hybrids, combining the elements of traditional servers, storage devices and networking into a single hardware platform topped by virtualization technology.
Cisco, as part of the buzz surrounding its expected first foray into the server business, calls this trend "unified computing." But this is more than a Cisco strategy. Most of the top server vendors see this unified concept as the main focus in the server business going forward.
In fact, the first steps have already been taken. Sun and Intel, for instance, have both offered "unified" or "hybrid" server/storage combinations which, unlike traditional servers with internal storage, act as both servers and storage appliances.
Here's how the top vendors, including the biggest up-and-comer of all, Cisco, see server development going forward.