A server consolidation project is a significant undertaking, and IT teams will need to answer several weighty questions while planning for one. Can servers be consolidated more efficiently? If so, what is the cost and timeline for doing so? How can we adjust parameters like CPU, memory and storage if our estimates turn out to be incorrect? How will we handle R&D and testing for the new systems? And, most importantly, if we answer any of these questions incorrectly, how much will that impact the timeline and budget for the project?
It’s possible to answer these questions by using the Cloud as a sandbox environment to test design assumptions and validate ways of re-organizing and consolidating servers. Ultimately the servers will remain hosted on-premise, the cloud is just used as a placeholder in the planning and design phase of the project. Here’s how I recommend approaching the project.