Thread-topic: Mac OS X Server 10.5 EULA allows virtualization
On 10/29/2007 12:37 PM, "Dave Schroeder" <email@hidden> wrote:
>>> Here, most of our Xserves sit idle, but need to be distinct
>>> installations of Mac OS X Server for a variety of reasons.
>> Could you give an example of this for general edification? For my
>> environment, splitting servers is all about preventing overloading.
>> I'm not coming up with a scenario where I'd need two different
>> instances of Server on one machine.
> Different customers, different needs, different functions. They need
> their own instances of Mac OS X Server, and cannot, either for
> technical or organization reasons or both, run on a "shared" Xserve.
> But, even on the lowest-end Xserve, they're often sitting >90% idle.
> With virtualization, I could combine a half dozen of those
> environments onto ONE Xserve, each in its own separate, distinct
> environment, but sharing the same physical hardware and storage. I'm
> sure you can see the advantages of this in terms of costs, machines,
> resources, power, cooling, etc.
> That's why virtualization is so popular. It's not appropriate for
> everything, but it's appropriate for a lot of what we do with Mac OS X
> Server. We already leverage it a great deal with Windows and Linux
I wish I had your budget ;-) I don't even think of asking for a new box
until I hit 90% utilization with cacti graphs to show it.
Then again, I suppose I'm getting the same use as I would out of 3-4 Windows
boxes per Xserve, so it's all good.
John C. Welch Writer/Analyst
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