Public sector organizations are under pressure not only to be environmentally friendly, but also to control spending. The county government in Fairfax County, Va., launched a server virtualization program in its data center about a year and a half ago, and has thus far reduced its physical servers from 870 to fewer than 300. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of physical servers to fewer than 50, says Jeff Porter, director of infrastructure for the county.
To help determine which servers are good candidates for consolidation, the county IT department uses a software product called NightWatchman, from 1E, which measures server workloads and identifies which servers are being underutilized.
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