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Server Consolidation with VMware ESX Server

Planning / Implementation (withdrawn product)

12 Jan 2005
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Today, IT infrastructure organizations are working hard to solve the problems created by the explosion in the scope and complexity of IT platforms adopted in the 1990s. The migration of application architectures to thin-client multi-tier architectures, the rapid introduction of four generations and multiple editions of Microsoft Windows servers and the growth of Linux have swept across IT organizations in successive waves over the last ten years. These waves caused explosive growth in server counts, network complexity and storage volumes throughout geographically distributed IT organizations. The policies and procedures adopted to gain back control of the infrastructure have often introduced their own challenges.

IT has started to regain the upper hand in the battle against costly, inflexible and disorderly infrastructure. As a first step, IT organizations have generally centralized their IT infrastructure into fewer locations for better visibility. As a second step, they are adopting a new generation of infrastructure technologies and methodologies including server consolidation.

This IBM Redpaper discusses server consolidation options and considerations using VMware ESX Server on IBM eServer BladeCenter and IBM eServer xSeries 445 hardware. In addition, systems management options using VMware VirtualCenter, VMotion, VMware P2V Assistant, and IBM Director with VMM are also discussed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Server Consolidation
Chapter 2. VMware ESX Server
Chapter 3. IBM eServer xSeries 445 with VMware ESX Server
Chapter 4. IBM Eserver BladeCenter with VMware ESX Server
Chapter 5. VMware VirtualCenter and VMotion
Chapter 6. VMware management with IBM Director and VMM
Chapter 7. VMware P2V Assistant
Appendix A. VMware products from IBM

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