Legacy vs. Self-Sufficient Servers

In the past, server admins looked at servers as a “box” that contained CPU, memory, storage, and network connectivity. Troubleshooting was tough and startup times were slow. These aging servers weren’t necessarily part of a cohesive data center system, nor were their electricity numbers consumption efficient. New self-sufficient servers are so much more than these older servers. There are tremendous benefits of new server technologies over traditional server design.

Problems With Legacy Servers

Unfortunately, most data centers today are a patchwork of components that you have to manually configure. Your SAN, network, and servers may come from different vendors and each have their own management software. You and your admins struggle to maintain a multitude of complex pieces. Among them: [Read more…]

Streamline Server Provisioning, Contain Costs

Seasoned IT professionals remember dreaming of the potential of a dynamic datacenter. Constrained by platforms that allowed little flexibility, IT managers were forced to forecast, provision and spend on a per-system basis, which inevitably meant that some systems would be taxed while others sat dark. Dynamic datacenter architectures were the stuff of reverie. Well, not any more.

Server and storage virtualization have made storage and computing power portable, eliminating platform constraints and increasing the speed and flexibility with which an infrastructure can be administered. Storage and computing power have become portable, making IT operational and financial efficiency the new norm.

It’s not hard to see how costs can escalate quickly in a static datacenter. You have to provision for peak utilization … and then some. It ultimately becomes necessary to conceive the inconceivable (in terms of surprise usage), not to mention spend for it. “Just in case” scenarios result in over-investment in IT equipment, pushing TCO higher and setting even harder to clear ROI hurdles.

A virtual infrastructure makes this over-commitment of capital unnecessary. Datacenter computing and storage resources can effectively be pooled, as virtualization makes cross-platform sharing possible. Instead of provisioning for an unanticipated spike in utilization for a particular system, you can take a holistic view of the datacenter and dynamically “borrow” resources from platforms with extra capacity. Every system, essentially, is available to help the others.

Take the guesswork – and unnecessary expense – out of your infrastructure. Virtualization puts you in control of your technology and your budget.