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Dell's approach to Server Consolidation can save you both time and money

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Dell has the right tools, products, and services to help save customers time and money. Dell also helps by simplifying critical complex planning steps.

Key Stages of Consolidation

Server Consolidation Types and Potential Benefits
Logical Consolidation Physical Consolidation Workload Consolidation Application Consolidation
* Simplified operations - common processes and standard systems management procedures* Co-location of multiple platforms at fewer locations* Implement more users on fewer platforms for same application* Combine mixed workloads on fewer platforms
* Fewer consoles* Fewer data centers* Fewer servers* Fewer servers
- * Dell Systems Management
- Dell Professional Services
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- Dell PowerEdgeTM  Servers
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- VMware®  through Dell
- Windows System Resource ManagerTM  from Microsoft® 


The Dell Server Consolidation ROI Analyst tool is used to create a customized business case for consolidating print, messaging (Microsoft® Exchange®  2003), database (Microsoft® SQL®  Server 2000), server-based computing and other application environments with Dell PowerEdge Servers and Dell services. The ROI analysis, a gratis service from Dell, provides customers a 50-page business case analysis with expected costs, resultant benefits, and demonstrable ROI.


The Dell PowerEdgeTM  family of servers provides a broad offering of cost effective choices for server consolidation. Key features of all new family members are rack density, serviceability/manageability and high performance, attributes critical to successful consolidation efforts.

For customers undertaking physical consolidation (co-locating systems to reduce the number of sites/data centers), Dell recommends the PowerEdge 1855, Dell's Server Blade offering, for the ultimate in density which allows you to consolidate more than just the server—you can also consolidate all the ports (like Ethernet, KVM and management ports)—reducing not only physical space requirements but also the "out of box" costs as well. Also ideal are the flexible, rack- optimized servers which offer a range of performance and capacity in space-saving packaging. These servers, such as the ultra dense 1U dual processor PowerEdge 1850, the 2U dual processor PowerEdge 2850 and the 4U quad processor PowerEdge 6850, can be packed and stacked into a 42U rack reducing the data center footprint required to deliver customers' application throughput.

For consolidation of workloads (supporting more users running the same application on fewer servers), the PowerEdge 6850 provides new levels of performance, based on the latest Intel®  XeonTM  processor MP technology from Intel® , which offers a performance boost of up to 30% versus previous generations of Pentium®  III XeonTM  processors. And similarly, the 2-way XeonTM  server, the PowerEdge 2850, with dual processors, large internal storage and configuration flexibility, delivers the high-performance levels, plus the availability and expandability necessary to handle your email, departmental database and infrastructure application needs.

Another type of consolidation is application consolidation which involves combining mixed workloads onto a single system. To consolidate compatible applications on the same server, customers may want to consider using a resource management software, such as that from Microsoft® . To consolidate incompatible applications onto the same server, customers may want to consider using software that enables partitioning, such as those from Microsoft®  or VMwareTM . However, Dell recommends limiting the use of partitioning software to non-mission critical applications since a system failure may adversely impact all virtual machines on a server.

Dell's systems management portfolio includes Dell's OpenManageTM  system management tool, services and other resources to help simplify and more effectively manage your enterprise environment. These tools and services are designed to help logically consolidate your environment- a process of establishing common processes and standard system management procedures - and to ensure maximum value from your IT infrastructure.


When you're ready to plan the implementation details, Dell Services can provide a comprehensive consolidation readiness assessment. Dell has services for the full lifecycle of Server Consolidation starting at the feasibility assessment stage to effective implementation through Dell Services program management. And to mitigate the risks of consolidation, Dell Services can outline the challenges and strategies to avoid them.

Contact your Dell account team to learn more about Dell Server Consolidation.

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