All of us really want to build an IT environment that is simple, easy to manage, easy to understand and highly efficient. Unfortunately, reality is somewhat different. In most enterprises, IT environments have become extremely large, complex and heterogeneous to the point that no one really understands it completely.
IT leaders are faced with a difficult dilemma. On one hand, enterprises are increasingly looking at their IT departments to help drive business growth and transformation; while on the other, IT budgets are not keeping pace with growth and transformative demands.
Data Centers Are Turning into a Mess
Perhaps the biggest foundation of cost and complexity in IT infrastructures, today, is the compute environment within data centers. In order to support 24/7 operations and maintain a global footprint, most enterprises operate several geographically-distributed data centers hosting thousands of servers from different vendors and with different technology platforms. A similar complexity is seen not just in hardware but in networks and applications. Therefore, most organizations are afflicted with and struggling to get out of poorly designed, managed and very expensive infrastructures.
If anything, the need to find enterprise-wide, innovative ways to control costs is growing. And it’s exacerbated by vast changes in the technology landscape that are literally transforming the way many companies approach IT services and delivery.Strategic cost optimization techniques prepare organizations for growth by striking the right balance between reduced IT spend as a percentage of revenue and increased investments in business innovation and IT improvement initiatives.
Kick-Out the Outdated Data Center costs
In some areas worldwide, up to 50% of data center costs come from managing systems, peripherals, applications and databases. The way to manage IT operational costs is to streamline. Accomplish it by changing broken or outdated processes, and by purchasing new analytics-driven management software to speed diagnosis, fault isolation and repair.
In many data centers, mainframes process very high volumes of transactional data, so that useful data resides within the mainframe environment. However, many enterprises consider the mainframe a high-volume batch processor and not a strong analytics server, offloading the mainframe data to other data warehouse servers for processing.
To process that data, it must be extracted from the mainframe database, transformed to a usable format for the data warehouse server and loaded into separate storage – the extract, transform and load (ETL) process. Often, two or more copies of that data go through ETL for backup and restore purposes.
Data centers can reduce server and IT management costs by processing the data where it resides at the mainframe level.
Be Smart when it comes to Network, storage and server costs
When it comes to I&O spending, the storage, server and the network claim the lion’s share of costs. The name of the game in saving costs on information systems is efficiency. The aim should be to fodder your servers a steady diet of data to improve workload throughput and maximize system utilization. Improving system efficiency across compute, storage and networking lead to higher utilization.
Higher utilization reduces total server costs in several ways. The data center team purchases fewer servers and associated peripherals. Balanced utilization reduces energy consumption, which helps lower cooling costs. Rationalizing and replacing an old server, network and storage infrastructure may yield something that is better and faster.
Consolidate, Integrate & Virtualize Now!
Along with standardization, these three approaches can not only help reduce IT infrastructure cost, they can re-position your company to take all-outgain of emerging technology and sourcing options. Fewer, larger data centers can operate more efficiently and effectively.
Virtualization software can considerably improve server usage, which is frequently only a small percentage of capacity. Gartner says virtualization can allow you to get by with just a quarter the number of servers, reducing hardware and power costs by up to 50 percent. Virtualization and adopting storage resource management tools can help address the exponential growth in data volumes, too.
Did You Know?
45% of virtualized OS instances could run more economically in the cloud if they were migrated as is, without any changes to cloud-optimized applications.
Where storage solutions are concerned, it’s easy to do the minimum, maybe let the auto archive take files away to someplace where you’ll never look at them. However, active companies often do want or need to access this data.
Likewise, it’s also easy to work with whatever tools you’re given, rather than looking for smarter ways of organizing your active and less active records. So look for smart, affordable strategies customized to your organization’s current and future needs.