Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings in the Datacenter

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This paper describes how the Microsoft Global Foundation Services team that manages and operates the company’s vast datacenter rightsizes its servers to achieve maximum efficiency.
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    Version:

    December 2009

    File Name:

    Rightsizing_WhitePaperFINALDecember09-2.pdf

    Date Published:

    4/4/2011

    File Size:

    885 KB

      Today more than ever, IT departments need to make sure that the servers they select and deploy are as efficient as possible in terms of acquisition cost and energy consumption. This paper describes how the Microsoft Global Foundation Services team that manages and operates the company’s vast datacenter rightsizes its servers to achieve maximum efficiency. The process focuses on collecting detailed performance data using representative workloads, and then analyzing that dataset to select balanced servers that are optimally sized for production scenarios. IT departments that follow this methodology can stretch their purchasing budgets significantly to help achieve organizational goals even in times of constraint.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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