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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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Environmental Information

When collecting information during the discovery phase, one area that is easily overlooked is environmental information. Although it’s not used in any decision making during the server virtualization project assessment or planning phases, it can be critical information to justify the project and demonstrate the cost reduction benefits of virtualization.

When you virtualize a physical server, you enable that physical server hardware to be repurposed or retired. If your data center or remote office locations are low on rack or floor space, or if the current level of power consumption prevents the expansion of servers at the rate that is required to support actual business growth, being able to retire or repurpose servers ...

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