Avoiding the 10 Pitfalls That Can Derail a Server Consolidation Project

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Summary

When planning a server consolidation project, understand potential problems or pitfalls that you may encounter, so that you can avoid them or understand their impact on your consolidation project. This research presents the 10 pitfalls we most often see, and provides best practices for handling them.

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  • Analysis
    • Pitfall No. 1: Assuming you have a sufficiently detailed inventory of the existing servers and their profile
    • Pitfall No. 2: Too short a pilot and planning period for the project
    • Pitfall No. 3: No business plan
    • Pitfall No. 4: Insufficient communication to your constituencies
    • Pitfall No. 5: Resources are not dedicated to the project
    • Pitfall No. 6: Project stuffing/scope creep
    • Pitfall No. 7: Not seeking professional help early enough
    • Pitfall No. 8: Expectations are set too high on total-cost-of-ownership savings
    • Pitfall No. 9: There is no foundation for SLAs before the consolidation
    • Pitfall No. 10: The belief that virtualization is the "cure all" for server consolidation
  • Recommended Reading
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