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Foundations of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency, and ROI in the Data Center by Marty Poniatowski

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Chapter 2. Existing Server Environment Analysis with Capacity Planner

This chapter covers several topics related to analyzing an existing server environment to uncover inefficiencies and make recommendations on virtualizing the environment. VMware Capacity Planner is the primary tool used in this analysis along with custom analysis done by my firm, which is a VMware partner certified to run Capacity Planner, as part of the process.

Capacity Planner performs a thorough analysis of the environment and, when good virtualization candidates are discovered, produces a recommended consolidation template. Some servers are not considered good candidates for a variety of reasons, such as the following:

• The system has four or more active network ...

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