Many decisions will have to be made by both the Information Technology department and business owners or managers. So what business decisions need to be made in order to virtualize and save money?
Business and IT departments will need to decide on the physical qualities of the hardware based on the business needs. These decisions will be balanced on what operating systems can be consolidated. Once this is decided, the actual hardware needs can be outlined to make decisions on which processor will be used, hard drive space, memory, network interface(s), and power supply are needed for servers.
Once these are made, the final decision will be the virtualization software.
VMWare offers commercial solutions for individuals, small, and medium size businesses and enterprises. With partner solutions that include Cisco, EMC, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp and dozens of others, VMWare's solutions include applications such as SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, SAP and others. By consolidating servers and these applications, companies using VMWare save money on both hardware and on energy costs.
VirtualBox is a viable option for individuals or enterprises wanting to save money on virtualization software. An open source software, VirtualBox offers many features and is supported by all major operating systems. (Installing Operating Systems on VirtualBox)
So how do you measure the performance of your virtualized computers? There are many solutions available. One of these solutions includes Akorri's BalancePoint management software that helps you to keep an eye on the performance of your virtual computers. By measuring the capacity of your virtual computers and host computer, you can easily decide on how to add hardware resources or move resources when needed.