Consolidating low power/memory servers into virtual machines

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We have several servers that use very little computing power/memory and we would like to consolidate them into one server with several virtual machines. What is the best way to asses what will need to be done and what equipment we will need to purchase?

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If you don’t have someone in house that have some virtualization experience, then you might want to bring in a consultant to help you size the host server correctly. The basic rule is buy a machine way bigger than you need today so that you have plenty of room to grow without having to purchase new hardware.

I usually recommend a 8-16 core server with 32+ gigs of RAM. Depending on your vendor this can be purchased for just a few thousand dollars.

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