Lower data center costs, decrease energy usage, reduce security risks, improve manageability and improve availability.
Server sprawl is becoming an increasingly costly problem, because server spending doesn’t stop with the hardware itself. Maintenance costs, energy usage, systems management software, dedicated floor space and help desk calls are the hidden costs behind each server in your IT infrastructure.
The more servers you add, the more complicated your system becomes – making it even trickier to keep track of your infrastructure and maintain virus protection, Server performance monitoring and security software.
And even if you’ve used virtualization to attack physical server sprawl, new problems can arise. With virtual servers, you click a button and you are quite literally ready to go. Because of this, “virtual server sprawl” is occurring now too as some IT admins can get a bit click happy and install far more servers than necessary.
In the global marketplace, companies are always looking for any opportunity to gain a substantial competitive advantage. Whether that is lowering their price, targeting new audience segments or developing new revenue streams, companies are constantly searching for ways to edge the competition. During this search, many forget the costs of server sprawl in their data centers. From maintenance costs to energy use to all of the software, floor space and even support, having servers not consolidated literally drags the company down.