Simplifying today's highly complex IT infrastructures to speed deployment of cloud implementations, achieve maximum utilization of data center resources while improving productivity are very important challenges facing today's IT staff, which are already stretched very thin. Add to this equation a diverse portfolio of compute, storage and networking platforms each with separate, disparate management tools, which don't communicate, and you have a situation which could bring even the highest performing IT departments and data centers to a grinding halt.
Many of our clients have stressed the need, stated simply, to simplify the complicated puzzle of systems management. The desire to improve productivity, reduce IT costs and "do more with less" while continually pushed to achieve higher levels of service seems to be at the forefront of IT professionals minds.
Diverse clients as Codorníu, Spain's leading producer of sparkling wine, B C Jindal an Indian business conglomerate, GHY a Canadian brokerage house or the Chinese City of Wuxi are each using IBM systems management solutions to address questions as - "how do we effectively deploy and manage resources in the Cloud?" "How do we rapidly install, configure deploy and provision resources quickly and easily?" "How do I effectively pool together resources to meet demand when and where I need them?" And, last but not least, "How do we manage heterogeneous platforms as a single unified entity?"
IBM has taken steps to make systems management of IT infrastructures simpler. IBM Systems Director is making it easier for clients to manage heterogeneous environments using a "single pane of glass" to automate discovery, monitoring and management of IT assets (servers, storage, network devices, energy, physical and virtual resources) and workloads. Previous to GHY International implementing IBM Systems Director their IT staff spent 90% of their time on server management and basic administration. Today, GHY International's staff spends approximately 5% of their time performing the same tasks which enabled faster time-to-value for strategic business initiatives! A GHY executive commented on IBM Systems Director’s impact - "The effect on productivity was astounding because it allowed us to concentrate on new services to support GHY's business strategy. We were able to add hundreds of thousands of dollars of value to the business as a result."
The ability to increase resource utilization while reducing costs is a common theme we hear from many of our clients. IT staff’s continually attempt to balance capacity against scheduled (and often unscheduled) workloads. Investing in additional servers to meet capacity, as Forrester Consulting projects in the study, Application Modernization And Migration Trends in 2009/2010, is increasingly less of a viable option. The report projects reductions in IT operating expenses of 36% and capital expenditures of 32%. Companies as B C Jindal have used IBM Systems Director to monitor, understand and proactively identify the impact of demand on the company's IT infrastructure. With this insight the IT staff was able to maximize utilization of server resources and reduce the number of server purchases and capital expenditures by an estimated 50 percent annually.
Achieving additional business agility and flexibility is an issue driving IT departments to Cloud. Taking weeks or months to deploy resources for new applications, workloads or services is a luxury. Codorníu, the Chinese city of Wuxi and China Telecom's Jiangxi Subsidiary all turned to IBM Systems Director to quickly deploy and manage new services and applications. Codorníu, Spain's leading sparkling wine producer, implemented a Cloud infrastructure centrally managed by IBM Systems Director and cut its administration costs in half while reducing its data center by 70%!
The Chinese city of Wuxi and China Telecom's Jiangxi Subsidiary used IBM Systems Director to quickly deploy shared, revenue generating services, based on a "pay for what you use" model. For China Telecom's Jiangxi Subsidiary using IBM Systems Director enabled a more fluid and flexible business model by reducing time to deployment from three to four months to two to three days. Wuxi's Cloud Center used IBM Systems Director's "single pane of glass" to centrally manage compute resources for local businesses, helping them avoid capital expenditures for hardware.
IBM Systems Director can help IT reduce the amount of time it takes to install, deploy, discover monitor and manage resources in today's highly complex infrastructures. IBM's systems management approach, leveraging a "single pane of glass" provides enhanced visibility and control of a heterogeneous environment, enabling IT administrators to achieve maximum utilization of data center resources, which can result in decreasing data center costs and increasing productivity.
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