What Is Holding Back Server Consolidation? - Slide 5

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If done right, all of these investments ultimately will produce a more streamlined IT infrastructure that is both cheaper and easier to operate and that produces greater performance than you have now. In the meantime, it requires a financial commitment, and that hasn't been easy to justify in the business environment of the past two years.

Most enterprises have embraced virtualization primarily as a means to consolidate hardware. Cloud computing, converged networking, flexible data environments -- all of these goals are worthy, but the immediate concern is to increase both performance and capacity without busting the budget.

That's why it's disheartening to learn that many enterprises feel they are on the cutting edge with a 15:1 consolidation ratio even while the top virtual environments can support 30:1 or even 50:1. Clearly, there's a disconnect here. So our Arthur Cole set out to identify some of the chief barriers to increased consolidation, in the hope that identifying the problems will spur a stronger drive to overcome them -- and produce a leaner, meaner data center in the end.

 

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