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

What is Server Consolidation?

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




Increasing Headcount Reqs

Server Sprawl

Underutilized Servers

Poor Management & Processes

Business/IT Shared “Pain”




Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

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

DB Consolidation - Results

Types of Server Consolidation

  • 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


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

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

  • 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

Moving Forward

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

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?

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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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