Data center consolidation and relocation is a growing strategy for enterprises looking to reduce overall IT costs and resources across multiple data-center locations.

Virtualization and Workload Management from enables you to migrate and consolidate business-critical Windows, Linux and UNIX servers as well as VMware, Xen and Microsoft virtual machines wherever they are located.

Business-Critical Server Consolidation

Although more than half of the servers in the data center are now deemed business-critical, most enterprises that have embraced virtualization have yet to migrate these workloads into a virtual environment. This is usually because application owners are concerned that they may experience performance issues and unplanned downtime. This group of servers represents a significant portion of your server inventory and IT budget, and should not be overlooked.
Our approach to business-critical server consolidation is both practical and safe. Under our process, you first collect workload utilization data, identify ideal consolidation candidates, and generate consolidation scenarios based on the resources needed by that workload. Then you quickly and easily migrate the business-critical workload over the network onto a virtual host or physical blade and test it to ensure it will run as predicted without affecting the production server. When you’re satisfied with it, you can sync over any changes that occurred during the test window and make the new workload live. This pragmatic, three-step process gives you and the application owner peace of mind, knowing that the new workload will run without impacting business operations.

Data Center Consolidation

Data center consolidation involves the planning, migration and consolidation of hundreds of servers and virtual machines. It can be an overwhelming project without the proper tools and technology. It takes tremendous effort and time to manually identify, package, and ship existing servers and virtual hosts to the new site and then set up and rebuild these same systems. We can help. Now is the time to identify and migrate underutilized servers into a consolidated virtual environment and migrate older servers to powerful, space-saving blades.
Virtualization and Workload Management allows you to reduce the manual effort and logistics involved in completing a site consolidation. We do this by simplifying and automating the planning and migration of servers and virtual machines over the network to the efficient consolidated data center location. Our solution mitigates the risks associated with migrating hundreds of servers and virtual machines by allowing you to profile, migrate and fully test the workloads in their new environments prior to going live. With the broadest platform and hypervisor support in the industry, our solution can migrate hundreds of Windows, Linux and UNIX servers as well as VMware, Xen and Microsoft virtual machines.

If the majority of your disaster recovery budget is allocated to protect only your most critical applications, a large portion of your business-critical servers is left under-protected. Since the risk of downtime is so high, the need to deploy your disaster recovery solution is not a matter of if, but when. Moreover, in a challenging economy, the business risks associated with downtime—lost productivity, revenue opportunities and customer loyalty—are even greater.

Any business-critical server essential to maintaining operations will require costly fault tolerance and clustering solutions, while any business-supporting servers that are not essential to running the operations will employ ineffective restore and recover solutions. Disaster Recovery planning is an essential element of your business, and we can help simplify the entire process.

Octopus Disaster Recovery solution offers a simplified disaster recovery and business continuity solution. It bridges the gap between performance-based disaster recovery through infrastructure duplication, and affordable disaster recovery through data back-up. This gives you an innovative way to protect all business-critical servers.

Consolidated Recovery

Any good disaster recovery plan needs to provide for fast and thorough restoration of workloads in case of unexpected interruptions in service. Our consolidated recovery solution uses virtualization to cost-effectively recover and restore business-critical servers in the event of downtime. We enable you to replicate whole server workloads—data, applications and operating systems—as a unified stack and into a warm standby. We do this by virtualizing recovery environments, allowing users to restore essential server workloads in just minutes.

We allow you to fully test your replicated workloads to ensure they will run in the event of downtime. Should downtime occur, you can restore business operations by redirecting users to the replicated workload in the virtual recovery environment, or restore the workload quickly to the same or new hardware.

Flexible Image Restore

Ideally, your disaster recovery software should provide you with the ability to quickly move restored workloads wherever you want to place them. Our flexible image restore solution provides options for recovering and restoring failed workloads to any available server—virtual or physical.

Our technology allows users to quickly restore critical workloads in just a few hours, to any available resource, whether virtual or bare metal, regardless of hypervisor platform or server vendor. You can replicate incremental changes that occur to the production workload on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, enabling you to roll back to the last known good state of a protected workload. For isolated file corruption, an easy-to-use content explorer also allows easy recovery of individual files.

Data center infrastructures are getting more complex by the day, and IT organizations more and more have to support physical and virtual infrastructures side by side. Achieving a holistic view of the infrastructure including both physical and virtual servers—as well as other storage and network hardware—is critical to optimizing the data center and getting the expected ROI for virtualization and consolidation products.

Virtual Capacity Management

The first wave of server virtualization began to transform the data center with the promise of greater cost savings and new IT efficiencies. However, virtualization brought with it some interesting new problems. At this point, most of the enterprises that have adopted virtualization are facing the complex management challenges that come with an ever-evolving virtual environment. Diminished visibility and control have exposed organizations to new service level risks, inhibiting adoption and impairing IT’s ability to justify the virtualization strategy to the business.

With server virtualization now a critical part of the overall IT strategy, the challenge becomes how to control and manage the ongoing growth of your heterogeneous virtual environment while ensuring existing virtual resources are fully optimized and balanced. Today’s powerful servers are able to easily handle 10 virtual machines with little risk and no additional technology; however, average server consolidation ratios are only 5 to 1, which means that your company is probably not enjoying all the cost benefits that virtualization offers.
Virtual capacity management allows you to identify exactly how your virtual resources are being utilized, correct any configuration issues, and adjust server resource allocation to fit the workload. This approach allows you to maximize the performance of your servers, and defer the cost of new server purchases as well as the power, cooling and management costs needed to maintain new servers.

Additionally, you can identify over-utilized workloads that require greater server resources than the current host can provide. You can then easily migrate the workload to another virtual host or back to a dedicated server for optimal performance.

Suse Linux Enterprise Server

As a data center professional, your on-going challenge is to provide fast and secure access to core business applications, systems and data. You need a reliable, high-performance server operating system that cost-effectively delivers critical business services. This platform should enable the integration of your existing and new technologies, and efficiently coordinate your computing resources. Ideally, it should also be highly versatile, scalable and manageable, as well as support a wide variety of industry-standard hardware, third-party software and common development environments. Nice daydream you think? With SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, this dream just comes true. Choose the innovative data center powerhouse ready for your organization. It’s time for a change!

Product Overview

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a highly reliable, interoperable and manageable server operating system built to power mission-critical workloads in physical and virtual environments. With this affordable open source foundation, you can cost-effectively deliver core business services, enable secure networks, simplify hetero­geneous infrastructure, and maximize efficiency and value.

The only enterprise Linux* recommended by Microsoft and SAP, it is optimized to deliver high-performance mission-critical services, as well as edge and network infrastructure workloads. Designed for interoperability, it supports open-standard CIM interfaces and can be managed alongside Windows* servers by Microsoft* System Center or any solution utilizing CIM.  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a modular, general-purpose operating system, runs on five processor architectures and is suitable for a wide range of workloads. And it is optimized to run on leading hypervisors and supports an unlimited number of virtual machine guests per physical system with a single subscription, making it the perfect guest for virtual computing.

Key Benefits

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server helps your organization maximize business efficiency and value, and mitigate risk.

Reduce cost

Not only lower the cost of your server infrastructure software, but also save money on hardware, as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server supports industry-standard hardware. And it is offered with simplified “per server” subscription pricing. You can easily pursue  “scale out” or “scale up” approaches for adding computing capacity.

Save time—

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server includes the leading package management stack, enabling you to update your systems in minutes rather than hours. Intuitive installation tools and pre-configured profiles allow you to rapidly set up popular services, both locally and remotely. Efficient subscription management tools help you track and manage your operating system software assets. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is CIM-instrumented, so you can manage it with your choice of management solution. Finally, built-in support diagnostic tools accelerate support communications, resulting in faster issue resolution.

Mitigate risk—

Cost-effectively and reliably deliver a wide variety of mission-critical services. Being an open source operating system, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server ships with source code and binaries, which makes it inherently more secure than proprietary operating systems? Additionally, transparent licensing terms and conditions encourage technical innovation and choice and competition in the marketplace.

Get what you need—

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server features optional extensions that provide advanced capabilities for high-availability clustering, running .NET applications on Linux, real-time computing and virtualization. You pay for just what you need, avoiding unnecessary extras. As demand grows or needs change, you can easily add the additional capabilities.

Trust-in ecosystem—

Supported and certified by the world’s leading hardware and software vendors, SUSE Linux Enterprise is backed by award-winning Novell® Technical Services and a global ecosystem of partners.