In late 2008, Forrester Research commenced work on a research project commissioned by Dell, Inc., that focused on examining the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by adopting Dell’s server virtualization solutions in conjunction with VMware's ESX server and virtualization platform.
This study highlights the benefits and costs of deploying Dell’s server virtualization solutions across the enterprise of a sample organization. The findings in this study are in large part based on in-depth interviews conducted by Forrester with five organizations currently using Dell’s server virtualization products. The study examines the estimated ROI for the sample organization and presents the aggregate findings derived from the interview and analysis process as well as our independent research.
The study found that for the sample organization, the Dell server virtualization solution provided quantifiable benefits and savings in the following areas:
A reduction in server administration staffing costs
A reduction in the number of existing servers
The ability to forgo the replenishment of the original 150 servers
Power and cooling savings
In addition, three of the five interviewed organizations indicated that their original investment in Dell’s server virtualization solutions could provide them with the flexibility and agility to take advantage of the potential savings that a virtualized disaster recovery environment could bring to their organizations.