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My Guidelines for Combining Applications

Audience: All

Date: November 4, 2002

Here are some of my guidelines for combining applications when consolidating servers. The goal is to reduce the total cost of ownership. This includes not only hardware costs, but also software, facilities and administration. So the guidelines lead to a lower costs, but not necessarily a technically optimum solution.

Combine applications that

Avoid combining applications that


Again, these are guidelines. Every situation is different. Use your best judgement.

Bruce Spencer,



There are a few other considerations that may impact your ability to consolidate workload:

Security Issues


Thank You
John Banchy
pSeries Technical Support Manager - Central Region (West)