“A huge percentage of the cost of ownership includes the administrative cost, power consumption and floor space. Cost of downtime too forms a huge component of the cost of acquisition of servers. The value proposition of server consolidation is that it dramatically reduces the cost of ownership and this is the number one reason for its popularity in today’s economic environment,” said Mr Advani.
IBM is using Linux and its own ‘futuristic’ technologies in its servers to deliver solutions that are helping customers manage the complexity in their IT infrastructure and derive a significant return on their IT investments.
IBM provides solutions like the Linux-only servers: an IBM eServer zSeries capable of consolidating anywhere between 20 to hundreds of Sun and Intel servers, bringing down the mainframe’s total cost of ownership. The company has set up a SWOT team for the xSeries that delivers proposals free of charge for simple server consolidation and for more complex consolidation, the company has a methodology called ‘align’. It factors in a complex heterogenous environment and proposes the best server consolidation and quantifies the business benefits.
One of the issues in server consolidation is reliability, which is also being addressed by IBM. Mr Advani said that there had been a lot of innovation for the ‘X’ architecture, which brings the mainframe features to the Intel server.