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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Performing an ROI Analysis

During the envisioning phase, you should also perform a preliminary ROI analysis to assist you in the justification of the project costs based on business value derived from server virtualization. In order for an ROI analysis to yield useful results, it has to take measure of many different variables, including current infrastructure and operating costs, technology solutions, enterprise-specific metrics, growth predictions, and so on. The major areas of return that will probably be of most interest to you from the outset of a server virtualization project include lower operating costs, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), improvements in service, and improvements in the time required to bring new business processes online. ...

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