Buying more hardware is not the way to maximize data center efficiency, argues Dr. Christoph Brune, Global Technical Account Manager, SAP Sun Microsystems, in a recent blog. Virtualization is a better, more cost effective approach, he contends.
He cites an IDC survey that claims a three-year supply of idle capacity is currently deployed in a market where typical server utilization is in the 10-15% range.
Brune lists the offerings in Sun's virtualized product family that customers can implement in undertaking virtualization. These include:
- Virtual desktops, manageable from the data center with Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software
- Consolidated SAP server landscape: multisocket, multicore, multithreaded Sun servers capable of handling the workloads of multiple SAP applications in a consolidated environment
- Partitioned servers: Using virtualization technologies such as Dynamic Domains, Logical Domains, Solaris Containers and Sun xVM Server, customers can run different types and versions of systems and applications on a single server.
- Cross-platform virtualization management: Resource management with Sun xVM Ops Center increases server usage to near 85% of capacity.
- Cost-effective data storage and management: Solaris ZFS and Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage can pool resources to manage storage as a single resource, reducing tape library management operations.
Virtualization, Brune contends, is the path to take, not more server inventory.
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