Smarter Microsoft licensing can reduce VMware environment costs

If you consolidated physical servers with virtualization, you probably did so to reduce the costs of maintaining many physical servers — namely power and cooling, rack space, support contracts, physical hardware and so on.As a consultant, I often work with clients who have embarked on large server consolidation projects, migrated many physical hosts to virtual machines (VMs), and have almost all their former physical servers running as VMs.

Many companies think the cost savings associated with virtualization stops here. Those projects could, however, save more money if IT managers reviewed Microsoft licensing for their Windows servers and took advantage of virtualization-focused products and licensing. If a company uses Microsoft systems monitoring products, the same rule applies.

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