Critical Attributes for Servers in Virtual Environments

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Checklist: Get the right virtual server

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Servers that are used for virtualizing “heavy” workloads demand different design goals and features than older servers. This white paper looks at the most important features and design elements that should be incorporated into any new server, especially as more workloads are virtualized every day.

These key attributes include:

  • Improved Thermal Characteristics – Virtualized servers are often situated in racks that are more “dense” than was previously common in most data centers. This makes it essential that new servers have improved airflow and cooling. Lenovo has developed Smart Grid technology to allow you to manage power consumption and its resultant heat.
  • More Reliability/Higher Uptime – Virtualized servers often support a number of workloads that may be spread across numerous applications. As a result, any downtime or hardware failures are even more problematic. Lenovo engineers its ThinkServers using components with longer duty cycles, vibration dampening drive trays and other features that drive uptime.
  • A Platform for Reducing Costs – One of the most important justifications for deploying virtual infrastructure is the need to lower IT operation costs. Server consolidation was the starting point, but there are more savings to gain. One important area of savings is maintenance contracts. Old servers are often on “for fee” contracts, and replacing them with a new ThinkServer with a 3-year warranty included will eliminate that cost. ThinkServers are VSPEX certified so that you can deploy and install them very quickly to get to the savings sooner.
  • Strong Support for Standards – When a data center is run using multiple overlapping management and administration tools, costs can be higher than necessary. New Lenovo ThinkServers support key IT operational standards that ensure you won’t have to expand your current staff activities.
  • High Performance for Demanding Loads – One of the facts of virtualization is that server utilization rates will increase and result in higher server workloads. Older servers cannot support nearly as large a workload, and their older memory designs may result in poor performance. In fact, many servers sold prior to 2009 were not designed with virtualization in mind. New Lenovo ThinkServers have the latest Xeon processors and high performance memory to truly support your virtual environment.

Read more and get all the details in this checklist.

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