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Microsoft server consolidation services solutions experience microsoft technology center thomas hsu

Microsoft Server Consolidation: Services, Solutions… Experience!Microsoft Technology CenterThomas Hsu

What is server consolidation
What is Server Consolidation? Experience!

Centralized management of business-critical systems and applications

Consolidation of applications onto fewer, highly-available servers

Standardization of platforms and processes

Optimization of human and physical resources

Consolidation of servers into one geographical location

Resources Experience!



Increasing Headcount Reqs

Server Sprawl

Underutilized Servers

Poor Management & Processes

Business/IT Shared “Pain”




Business drivers for server consolidation

Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Experience!

Reduce server real estate

Replace older servers

Corporate restructure

Operating system upgrades or migration

Application upgrades or standardization

High-availability applications

New central e-mail standard

Use of servers for enterprise applications

Network redesign

Combine excess capacity across disparate servers

Mergers & acquisitions

Increasing scalability demands

Business Drivers for Server Consolidation

Types of server consolidation
Types of Server Consolidation Experience!

  • Logical

    • Centralize management of business-critical systems and applications

  • Homogeneous

    • Combining a single application which resides on multiple servers onto one server

  • Heterogeneous

    • Combining multiple applications from different servers onto ones server

  • Geographic

    • Moving servers into one geographical location

Database Experience!

File & Print

File & Print

File & Print

File & Print





Reduce Servers

Reduce Servers

Reduce Servers




Reduce Servers

Reduce Servers





TCO Reduction Range ~ 25%-35%

Server Consolidation Opportunities





Real World Results Experience!

25% reduction in F/P

Reduced TCO 33%Increased trading capacity 3X

Reduces staffing 33%

Consolidated 23 sites to 7 sites

Saved $1.4M

63% Consolidation in Domain Servers

Reduces servers 30%Apps 30% faster

Reduces server staff 11%

Reduces TCO 26%

Reduces servers 50%

Database consolidation
Database Consolidation Experience!

  • Case Studies

    • Old Mutual

    • Lazboy

    • JetBlue

    • Mike’s Hard Lemonade

    • Minneapolis – City of Lakes

    • Nationwide Building Society

  • Customers: Insurance, Finance, Manufacturing

    • Reduce number of Servers (cost)

    • Platform for future application deployment: containment

    • Proxy for standardization

    • Mandate for / from CIO - facilitated user involvement

Customer stories

Moving Forward Experience!

Customer Stories

Madrid Stock Exchange

  • Consolidation onto Windows 2000 Servers reduced annual TCO by 33%

  • No downtime in seven months of use, with 99.999% availability

  • Increased exchange trading capacity by 3X

  • Project paybackin 2 years with 31% IRR

  • “The scalability, performance, and data management improvements in Windows 2000 Datacenter Server enabled us to operate the first seven months of SIBE-Gate with zero downtime and provided the capacity to host three times more trade order transactions."

    • - Agustin Ramos, Systems Technology Manager, Bolsa de Madrid

Moving Forward Experience!

Customer Stories

City of Hamburg, Germany

Reduced systems management staffing needs by 80%

Centralized IT operations of 13 different government agencies using Windows Server, Exchange, and SQL

Increased productivity by enabling cross-departmental collaboration

  • “The standardisation of our IT and communications infrastructure makes it easy to integrate old systems and implement new ones. We now are building up e-government solution after e-government solution."

    • - Matthias Hammer, head of Administration and Central Services, City of Hamburg

What is server virtualization
What is Server Virtualization? Experience!

Addresses four business needs:

The need to support older applications.

The need to consolidate older applications.

Test environment

Training environment

What Microsoft provides in Virtualization

Virtual Server

Virtual PC

Virtualization is not a silver bullet for consolidating servers.

Benefits of virtualization technology
Benefits of Virtualization Technology Experience!

Production Server Consolidation

  • Reduce TCO by maximizing hardware utilization and consolidating workloads

    Business Continuity Management

  • Help reduce scheduled and unscheduled downtime

    Dynamic Datacenter

  • Leverage the benefits of virtualization to create a more agile infrastructure

    Test and Development

  • Maximize test hardware, reducing costs, improving lifecycle management and improving test coverage

Self managing dynamic systems
Self-Managing Dynamic Systems Experience!

  • Traditional systems live within boundaries

    • Applications have fixed dedicated resources

    • Results in need for more responsive infrastructure

    • Wasted capacity

  • Virtual systems break down some of these boundaries

    • Virtualization allows for better resource utilization

  • Dynamic systems go further

    • Resources are intelligently (policy) & flexibly assigned as needs change





System Definition Model




Windows hypervisor




Enterprise Storage Management

Microsoft tools templates
Microsoft tools/templates Experience!

  • Comprehensive TCO analysis tool (CIOView)

  • Assessment guides/Solution accelerators

  • Project planning, functional specification, risk analysis and design guide templates

  • Data Collection form

  • VMware, HP ProLiant, Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit, Migration checking…

Microsoft do it yourself solutions
Microsoft “Do It Yourself” Solutions Experience!

  • Solution Accelerator for Consolidation and Migrating LOB Applications

  • Mixed Workload Consolidation Guide

  • Solution Accelerator for Domain Server Consolidation and Migration: Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003

Server Consolidation Home:

Why consolidate on windows 2003 server
Why consolidate on Windows 2003 Server? Experience!

  • Virtual Server to partition server and give fine grained control of hardware

  • WSRM to track process accounting

  • WSRM to divide resources across Virtual Server partitions

  • Virtual Server scales to 2 processors

  • Virtual Server to handle 64 bit OS - early 06

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