Or would I have to merge the four databases into one database on the consolidated server and manage the schemas to ensure there are no name conflicts? I have read the documentation but I'm still not 100% sure about this area.
Running 4 instances on one machine is trivial, so I won't explain further.
In many ways, we've come full circle, with the shift back to a centralized model of storage area networks and virtualized servers running on fewer, more powerful servers.
In recent years, the shift towards server consolidation and virtualization has gained pace, and in the years ahead, the idea of a dedicated, non virtualized server may seem quite odd.
Traditional consolidation requires significant lead time and overhead to prepare all databases to run on the shared environment and can negatively impact database availability and performance.
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