Data center consolidation is a long-term decision that demands rigorous upfront analysis of a heterogeneous IT environment and generation of alternatives from different vendors. Accurate analysis is possible only through a comprehensive understanding of key data such as power, dimensions, CPU capacity and application compatibility with chosen hardware. A methodical approach, aligned to the common language of IT and using a common set of units, drives the right investment decisions that yield large benefits.
IT heterogeneity exists in today’s computing environments for three reasons:
Legacy technologies still support critical business processes.
The distributed computing era’s best-in-class technology approach led to enterprise IT integrating and managing multiple products and technologies.
Mergers and acquisitions increase IT heterogeneity through acquired technologies and products.
IT heterogeneity poses both a challenge and an opportunity, depending on how an IT team chooses to address it. In this slideshow, Mahesh Kumar, vice president of strategy at BDNA – the company behind Technopedia.com, the world’s largest IT reference catalog – shares the benefits IT professionals receive when they adopt a common language of IT to tackle the variability issue that exists within their IT departments.