Conclusion: Migrating physical servers to virtual machines is a one-off project that requires deep specialised knowledge, and IT organisations should engage a specialist third party to develop the migration plans and to perform the physical to virtual migration. This leaves IT staff free to focus on the acceptance testing of the migrated applications and on learning how to manage the environment to drive the greatest benefit from the new virtualised infrastructure.

IT organisations that have not migrated the majority of their x86 workloads to virtualised servers should evaluate the costs, risks and benefits of this migration, then identify the triggers that can be used to drive this.

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