Whitepaper: Server consolidation with VMware ESX Server

IBM Redbooks department released a draft of a very interesting paper about VMware ESX Server, VMware VirtualCenter, VMware P2V Assistant, IBM Director, Blades and xSeries.

– Abstract
Today, IT infrastructure organizations are working hard to solve the problems created by the explosion in the scope and complexity of IT platforms adopted in the 1990’s. The migration of application architectures to thin-client multi-tier architectures, the rapid introduction of four generations and multiple editions of Windows servers and the growth of Linux have swept across IT organizations in successive waves over the last ten years. These waves caused explosive growth in server counts, network complexity and storage volumes throughout geographically distributed IT organizations. The policies and procedures adopted to gain back control of the infrastructure have often introduced their own challenges.

IT has started to regain the upper hand in the battle against costly, inflexible and disorderly infrastructure. As a first step, IT organizations have generally centralized their IT infrastructure into fewer locations for better visibility. As a second step, they are adopting a new generation of infrastructure technologies and methodologies including server consolidation.

This redpaper discusses server consolidation options and considerations using VMware ESX Server on IBM ^ BladeCenter and xSeries 445 hardware. In addition, systems management options using VMware VirtualCenter, VMotion, P2V Assistant, and IBM Director with VMM are also discussed.

– Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Server Consolidation
Chapter 2. VMware ESX Server
Chapter 3. IBM xSeries 445 with VMware ESX Server
Chapter 4. IBM BladeCenter with VMware ESX Server
Chapter 5. VMware VirtualCenter and VMotion
Chapter 6. VMware management with IBM Director and VMM
Chapter 7. VMware P2V Assistant

You can get it here.