Server and/or data consolidation suggestions needed.

Posted on 2007-10-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I am bidding a project to support a company with a server farm of ~12 WIndows 2003 servers with raid 5 arrays varying from 2 - 12 TB of storage each. They do a huge amountof scanning, converting, and indexing images.  I am looking for suggestions on reconfiguring the network to be more efficient. Thoughts on virtualizing some servers, i-scsi or other network storage solutions, would be helpful. At this stage I know very little more about the useage of the servers than the above, so this is preliminary research. Just links to good sources of information would be helpful.
Question by:LTG
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    Putting some of the low utilization servers into a virtual environment  would be a good first step.  Some server like Blackberry, Good messaging, WSUS, Antivirus, etc make great candidates for this since typically their only at about 10% load on average.  As for storage, you may want to look at a nice SAN - that would give you plenty of storage space and would also let you store the virtual server images on the SAN.  Going this route is definitely the best way to centralize your storage and reduce your physical server count - and you can make a case for getting one (virtualization and SAN) by explaining the benifits of the other and how they work best when implemented together.
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    Sorry, forgot to include some links for you:

    Server Consolidation:
    Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery:
    Building A Virtualized Enterprise (link direct to PDF):

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    Thanks! This is the type of help I was looking for.
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    No problem.  I've just finished a VMWare Infrastructure 2 to Infrastructure 3 rollout/migration so if there's anything else, let me know.

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