September 28, 2009, 6:31 pm
This is perhaps the third part of an accidental series* on removing bloated and unwieldy operating systems (OSs) from our data centers. In exchange for our traditional fat and happy OSs, we‚Äôll have sleek, tireless and agile workloads. It might be too early to remove years of tradition all at once, so it‚Äôs possible that the interim solution is to use appliances where full physical servers or corpulent virtual machines once proudly gobbled system resources. Appliances might be the transitional technology we‚Äôve waited for.
For now, let‚Äôs assume that you‚Äôve made the quantum leap from physical to virtual in your company via server consolidation and ‚Äúright sizing.‚Äù You assumed that your consolidation efforts took a big bite out of your unpleasantly plump data center footprint but it hasn‚Äôt unless you trimmed the fat in the physical to virtual transition. Now you‚Äôre battling virtual machine sprawl and running into licensing issues. Do you require less disk space than before your efforts? It‚Äôs time to correct again, which brings up the question, ‚ÄúWill appliances replace standard VMs?‚Äù