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Improve your lifetime infrastructure ROI with server blades

Published on 27 February 2012 | Filed under: IT Infrastructure

Technology should serve a purpose. Increasingly, this purpose isn’t just to provide support for business activities. Instead, managers look to technology to give them an advantage over competitors.

The problem with traditional technology however, is the way it can hold a business back. Around four-fifths of companies spend much of their IT budget on trying to control server sprawl and complex data centre operations. In these circumstances, IT managers struggle to support business needs.

Added to this is the ever-rising cost of power. The electricity consumption of traditional servers is creating significant bills.

Some companies have realised this approach is unsustainable. They want something more efficient and effective. They want to cut costs and improve the lifetime infrastructure ROI of their IT.

Server virtualisation

These companies have turned to server virtualisation. This enables them to run multiple server operating systems on just one machine.

Such a change allows companies to:

• Eliminate server sprawl
• Make better use of limited resources
• Cut power costs
• Boost lifetime infrastructure ROI

Server blades

Server blades are the replacement for traditional tower and rack-mount servers. The modular design of server blades means you can develop your infrastructure when you need to. And because server blades have a stripped-back design, they take up less space than their tower and rack-mount counterparts.

Server blades are also energy efficient. They use 40% less electricity than a traditional system, largely thanks to pooled cooling and power use.

These benefits are highly attractive. What makes server blades even more appealing is the ease of management. They have unified system management controls. These controls run servers, networking and storage.

The bottom line though, is the lifetime infrastructure ROI. According to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), a company moving to server blade technology can cut hardware costs by 50%. Set-up and configuration time is also around half of what you’d expect with a traditional system, thereby saving more money.

With these savings, the average payback for a company using server blades is approximately 10 months.

HP server blades

The IDC report studied companies which had switched to the HP BladeSystem. This system is a platform for virtualisation in the form of one modular infrastructure. The infrastructure contains everything you need for a private cloud: servers, storage, switches, networking and management.

With technology such as HP BladeSystem, you can improve lifetime infrastructure ROI. And with this improvement comes the business advantage you’re looking for.

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