Azure, Office 365, Dynamics On-Demand CRM – all of these are cloud services from Microsoft. We know the benefits – cloud services take the concept of hosting an application – or running your applications – and erecting a huge Somebody Else’s Problem field around it. Maintenance, scaling, feeding and watering all become problems that are Somebody Else’s. In that case, Microsoft’s, running in their Public Cloud.
If you have an existing SharePoint server farm – or any other kind of server farm on a Windows platform – one of the challenges you might face is identifying which servers could be suitable candidates for consolidating into virtual servers.
When I’m setting up a SharePoint farm, the first decision I have to make is whether to go physical or virtual. There are many reasons to go virtual:
Consolidation (bringing all your under utilised servers onto one or more physical server),