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INFOTECH: Consolidation Lowers IT Costs


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Consolidating IT infrastructure will result in a large reduction in IT administration, infrastructure and energy costs.

This is according to Rob Gilmour, MD of RSA Web, who says that the linked goals of reducing IT complexity, lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and providing a better way to access and manage an organisation’s information and resources are inherent to consolidation initiatives, and are now more attainable than before.

The continuous growth of information coupled with the planning for and management of that growth cries out for a new approach to information management that lets growing companies innovate while keeping costs low,” he says. “What users are fast realising is that consolidating to an online system faster empowers them in achieving their TCO goals.”

The lower TCO is a result of reduced acquisition, management and operational costs as consolidation allows IT to do more with less while solving common IT challenges such as server sprawl, end-of-lease hardware migration, data center relocation and disaster recovery.

Moreover, an online strategy eliminates much of the inefficiency associated with managing distributed system,” says Gilmour. “IT will need fewer people to manage their infrastructure, which equates to more people focussing on core business growth initiatives.”

Deploying a virtual server technology as part of an online consolidation process is one option available to businesses today. Utilising virtual server technology, company’s can run multiple business functions such as file directories, hosted applications and mail servers simultaneously on multiple virtual servers, using the physical resources of only one server.

For companies with smaller data management requirements who are looking to consolidate, online backup could be the option of choice. Online backup requires no user intervention, negates the need for tapes to be changed, labels written or printed, etc. Data is maintained offsite and this is probably where the TCO of online backup is most proven, as backups are stored in a different location from the original data providing disaster recovery capabilities that are not often realised in onsite environments.

At this point, it doesn’t really matter how businesses consolidate their data, as long as they do,” says Gilmour. “Experts have been pushing the importance of unifying dispersed systems for years now, telling us how consolidation eliminates hidden management and administrative costs but, when you consider that consolidation also enables green initiatives within organisations, by drastically reducing the energy consumed in server environments, your benefits are doubled.”

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