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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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Identifying Cost Savings

Assessing the positive cost and environmental impact of virtualizing servers by calculating the potential savings is a task that you do not want to overlook during the assessment phase. Every server you virtualize is a server available for a repurposed workload or for retiring to save on power, cooling, and space. You can use this information to justify the server virtualization project and demonstrate the cost benefits. The following sections detail the information that you will need to gather to calculate cost savings and return on investment (ROI) by hand.

Note

Microsoft has released a tool called the Virtualization ROI Tool to assist in automating this process. For more information and to access the tool, go to http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/roitool/default.aspx ...

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