In today’s economic climate, everyone’s feeling the pressure. No industry is safe. And no one can comfortably predict just when things will turn around. The challenge is especially great for your IT department: you need to figure out how to cut costs while keeping pace with ever-escalating demand for IT-supported business transactions. Read more.
The global economy is driving competition at an ever-increasing rate, forcing enterprises both small and
large to work as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. To reduce costs in the datacenter, many IT
managers are moving to commodity x86-based servers to replace their legacy RISC servers, such as those based on Oracle SPARC processors. Read more.
To increase agility, improve productivity, and reduce costs, many enterprises are moving away
from proprietary platforms to a more standardised IT infrastructure and automated processes
like service provisioning and private clouds. Read more.
This paper examines two case studies where organisations were recently faced with application upgrades.
In both cases the organisations needed to upgrade aging systems to accommodate increased workloads
and to take advantage of functional enhancements in the latest releases of packaged applications. Both organisations found that by migrating they could cut their costs by more than half compared to upgrading to newer versions of UNIX/RISC platforms.
Companies originally chose AIX platforms because of the strength of IBM software and the
robust platform on which it could run, and that choice served them well. However, in today’s
fast-changing business environment, you need a flexible, cost-effective IT infrastructure that
is supported on a wide range of servers to handle any workload, from small to large to virtualised
cloud deployments. The same advantages, in terms of reliability, security, and performance is available today on a breadth of hardware platforms.
Building a cloud is a highly strategic IT decision. In fact, it’s perhaps the most important single decision CIOs will make this decade. But not all approaches are created equal. Of the three basic models for building a cloud, only one maximises the value of that cloud and the business benefit derived from it.
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