Domino 7 Server Consolidation: Best Practices to Get the Most Out of Your Domino Infrastructure

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Published 17 August 2006

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IBM Form #: REDP-4181-00
(188 pages)

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Authors: John Bergland, Julie Castle, Tilmann Gramß, Stephen Hardison, Claus Anker Boldt-Jørgensen, Lenny James


Since the introduction of Domino 7, IBM/Lotus has been highlighting the capabilities of Domino to now do more with less - ultimately using Domino 7 more efficiently to better leverage existing investment - and ultimately reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). For many companies however, the key issue remains about how and where to begin with a consolidation effort, and what are the best practices and specific steps to get started with this effort. This Redpaper addresses these questions.

The overall goal of Domino consolidation is to provide a better Return on Investment (ROI) for a business' environment while maintaining or improving the system's Quality of Service (QoS). Depending on the current condition of a company's Domino environment, this goal might be reached in different ways.

Since there is no "one-size- fits-all" approach to Domino server consolidation, this Redpaper examines the issue from a best practices perspective.

Specifically, it discusses Domino Server Consolidation in terms of the following topics:

- Reasons for consolidation: A detailed look at the benefits one should look for when planning or implementing a consolidation project.

- Approaches to consolidation: Examine various models and scenarios and give details about the architectural considerations and consolidation methodologies.

- Administration model: Define Domino administration models and give details about how those models impact consolidation decisions.

- General approach: Give details about techniques to define and execute and effective consolidation project

Note: This Redpaper has a companion Redpaper, Domino 7 Performance Tuning: Best Practices to Get the Most Out of Your Domino Infrastructure, REDP-4182, that you may wish to read as well. It is available at:

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to server consolidation
Chapter 2. Reasons for consolidation
Chapter 3. Approaches to consolidation
Chapter 4. Administration models
Chapter 5. Project planning overview for performing server consolidation
Chapter 6. Performing Server Consolidation - step by step examples

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