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How to Save on Power Consumption by Consolidating Servers Using Virtualization

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Over the years, many IT Departments have added to their hardware inventory. New servers were plugged into the company network, and besides the increased complexity, something else also grew dramatically: The electricity bill.

There is a ripple effect every time a new processor starts to consume power. Supporting infrastructure, such as peripherals and cooling systems request additional energy for delivering their work, as well. Also the increased traffic in the network generates more data packages collisions and conflicts, which adds computational cycles and network overhead, and henceforth more energy.

Start multiplying these little energy consumption increments by the units of hardware added to your network, and you have an important cost center to be managed.

This scenario explains what your company needs to consider when planning to consolidate scattered servers into a more compact virtualized infrastructure, which can substantially reduce spending on electricity.

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