Windows Server Virtualization in Microsoft Infrastructure Optimization

Published: November 12, 2007   |   Updated: February 25, 2008


The Infrastructure Optimization (IO) Model at Microsoft groups IT processes and technologies across a continuum of organizational maturity (for more information, see The model was developed by industry analysts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), and Microsoft's own experiences with its enterprise customers. A key goal for Microsoft in creating the Infrastructure Optimization Model was to develop a simple way to use a maturity framework that is flexible and can easily be used as the benchmark for technical capability and business value.

IO is structured around three information technology models: Core Infrastructure Optimization, Application Platform Optimization, and Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization. According to the Core Infrastructure Optimization Model, organizations that are actively pursuing server consolidation for production workloads with virtualization are meeting one of the requirements in order to move to the Rationalized level. This guide will assist in planning and designing the infrastructure for virtualizing server workloads using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2.


Figure 1. Mapping of technology into Core Infrastructure Model

Infrastructure and Business Architecture

Microsoft produces architectural decision-making guidance for IT infrastructure and business architecture. The architectural principles and decisions presented in the Infrastructure Planning and Design series are relevant to IT infrastructure architecture. The business architecture templates from Microsoft are focused on detailed business capabilities, such as price calculation, payment collection process, and order fulfillment. Although the IT infrastructure will affect business capabilities, and business architectural requirements should contribute to infrastructure decisions, the Infrastructure Planning and Design series does not define or correlate specific individual business architecture templates. Instead, the Infrastructure Planning and Design guides will present critical decision points where service management or business process input is required. For additional information about business architecture tools and models, please contact your nearest Microsoft representative or watch the video about this topic at


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