Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Enterprise IT Consolidation

One key reason for simplifying complex IT environments is to improve an organization's ability to react more quickly to dynamically changing market conditions, customer requirements, and internal business needs. Most consolidation initiatives are undertaken with the hope of being able to take advantage of the flexibility benefits inherent in open platform environments.

Consolidating results in Simplicity

Simplifying an IT environment by STANDARDIZING
  • reduces total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • improves return on investment (ROI)
Achieving these goals means doing more with less. This generally involves consolidating different types of servers, storage, networks, applications, databases, and other components.

Consolidation requires a complete understanding of both short- and long-term ramifications. The ultimate test is enacting changes that actually foster new levels of productivity.

Most successful IT consolidation journeys are comprised of multiple steps, including:
  • consolidating data centers and networks into fewer, centralized locations

  • consolidating storage, database servers, file servers, etc.

  • deploying enterprise-class Manageware solutions

  • enhancing business-continuity capabilities

  • integrating enterprise applications to improve service levels, reduce redundancies, and streamline resources

  • introducing utility pricing and managed services that help improve responsiveness, reduce costs, mitigate risk, and provide greater flexibility

Bottom line:

The key drivers of Enterprise IT Consolidation are:
  • improved system availability
  • enhanced system management
  • improved disaster recovery
  • optimized system performance
  • improved security
  • reduced spending


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