Server virtualization is nothing new in the world of IT. It has actually been around since the days of IBM. Companies such as IBM and VMware brought virtualization into mainstream computing.
Before server virtualization, you had physical data sprawl where you needed a server for every third-party software application. It seemed as if every vendor wanted their own server. As time progressed, a company had too many underutilized servers running applications. This was very costly to a company for several reasons. You need to power and cool these servers as well as maintain the licensing and replace failing parts. You needed an appropriate IT staff to take care of your equipment which cost money as well.
Executives began looking very closely and realized servers that are only being utilized 10 percent of 100 was a waste of money. This is where the birth of server virtualization came to pass.
Once the economic slowdown hit, data center audits started happening at an alarming rate and Directors realized they could reduce 25 percent or more of their servers and leverage Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware’s vsphere or ESX to consolidate servers. Additionally, leased servers could be released in lieu of server virtualization.
This consolidation of servers allowed companies to save lots of money as well as move legacy applications to dedicated servers. For example, if you had 5 servers running legacy accounting software or other such applicable business software, but it only worked on a specific version of Windows such as Windows NT 4.0, you could migrate them off old servers and into virtual environments and finally retire those old servers.
Server virtualization has transformed the IT industry today to allow for birth of agile development and continuous delivery and continuous deployment. You can utilize a server more today than every before.
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