CONSOLIDATION
 

SERVER CONSOLIDATION

With the evolution of technology the reduction in assets and therefore in TCO increases. Most usual the customers can reduce the amount of server by using virtualisation technologies. Most companies using virtualisation experience an increase of instances with virtualisation. Because it is easy to setup new instances if no new hardware is required. At least with a refresh of their physical server infrastructure they have to deal with this server sprawl. The right answers for an ongoing planning of server usage and resource allocation are Monitoring and Management tools that can help the customers to further increase consolidation by reallocate resources on the current needs of instances and shutdown/suspend unused virtual machines. This lifecycle management can further increase consolidation by 20 – 30%.


 
With new Intel processors and their addressable amount of RAM you can replace older servers with a ratio of 4:1. This means for
most customers that a replace of existing hosts is more efficient as to enlarge their farm. Another example are GPU cards for desktop virtualisation. With these cards installed you can achieve a much higher desktop per server rate by simultaneously improve the user experience.
 


NETWORK CONSOLIDATION


Cisco is the pioneer in networking and with the unified approach in UCS/Nexus customers are able to consolidate networking equipment by unifying LAN/SAN/Management into one physical infrastructure. You only have to add cables to increase bandwidth – not for siloes of technologies. Also virtual switching and top-of-rack can be consolidated from a management point of view. This saves customers time and make them more flexible to deal with current business needs. Unified fabric on Nexus Switches helps to consolidate LAN/SAN in your infrastructure without the need to have Unified Computing products in place.
 


STORAGE CONSOLIDATION


Also storage infrastructure can be dramatically reduced by leveraging Flash/SSD Drives. If large amounts of spinning drives were acquired in the past only to meet performance needs today´s SSD can deliver those performance requirements mostly with one-tenth or less the amount of disks. While the HDDs are getting bigger and bigger and can therefore serve more space also with fewer drives you can meet performance and space requirements with a fraction of what´s needed in the past. With optimal Tiering or Data Placement in best case in real-time you can combine both improvements and get the most out of your investment.

Storage systems are including features like snapshots, deduplication, cloning that adds additional efficiency to the
system.
If you avoid storing redundant data you can safe space and money.


 



With fewer components you´ll save money on passive infrastructure, cooling and power by providing a more
reliable and more performing environment. You can also consolidate distributed it-resources in your enterprise to
a few centralised data centres. With this in mind your IT is not spread across different countries with different languages and cultures. You can then consolidate the partners you are working with. 
 
And all these components which are part of your infrastructure stack can be managed by only one management product which also supports the integration of cloud resources, providing a single Infrastructure view for your
private cloud. Self service delivery and charge back are helping to make it costs visible. Consolidation not only
for physical hardware but also for management instances can reduce labor and cost.



These solutions include:
 
  • Server Consolidation: Simplifies server connectivity, cabling, data centre infrastructure, administration, and management
  • Storage Consolidation: Increases flexibility, simplify network and storage management, and ensure consistent data life cycle management
  • Network Consolidation: Reduce components, cabling and management to a minimum by reducing complexity and optimising responsiveness.
  • Branch IT Consolidation: Reduces cost of remote IT, improve remote employee productivity, and accelerate data protection by centralising IT resources


 

 
 

 

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