There is a white paper available on the Sun Web page that discusses the
benefits of consolidating servers, planning a strategy of
consolidation and choosing a platform.
Server consolidation (bringing together applications, databases and
services onto fewer, more highly reliable servers) is one of today's
hottest IT trends. Through consolidation, IT managers can cut high management
costs associated with the runaway proliferation of small to mid-size
distributed servers in their organizations. Multi-tiered client-server
computing remains highly viable. In fact, today's environment is more
distributed than ever.
But while IT leaders continue to embrace
distributed computing, they're also returning to the notion of
centralized design and management. As an integral step in this
direction, server consolidation offers the opportunity to lower total
cost of ownership (TCO), utilize computing resources more efficiently,
increase control, raise service levels, improve availability, utilize
skills more effectively and reduce the need for floor space.
There are several different ways to consolidate, from simply bringing
existing systems under common management practice to consolidating many
heterogeneous applications and services on one or a few systems. The
more aggressive the consolidation effort, the more risk associated with
the project and the more benefit to be gained.
Server consolidation initiatives involve several steps, from high-level
consideration of business goals to tactical planning and timelines.
Since consolidation can be quite complex, many seasoned professionals
recommend starting small with a pilot project, making the most of the
learning process, then leveraging the experience into larger projects.
Some IT organizations have the resources to perform consolidations
in-house, but most depend on outside services firms for
portions of the project at least.
As a business partner for server consolidation, Sun provides unique
server technologies, such as dynamic system domains (mainframe-like
partitions), enabling the company to deliver the scalability,
availability and resource management facilities required for
successful consolidation initiatives. Sun offers the broadest binary
compatible product line in the industry, allowing the company to
support customer projects from the workgroup to the enterprise level.
Sun is dedicated to open systems, industry standards and a hardware
and software product line that's completely compatible. This gives
customers the flexibility to choose a solution knowing they can
upgrade, grow or redeploy it in the future. With Sun as a business
partner, organizations can plan and implement change to meet their own
requirements in their own timeframes.
Other sections covered in the white paper:
- The Road to Server Consolidation
- The Benefits of Server Consolidation
- What Kind of Consolidation?
- Planning Your Strategy
- Choosing a Platform
- The Politics of Server Consolidation
- The Sun Difference: Technologies
- The Sun Difference: Products
- The Sun Difference: Customer Commitment
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