Strategy: TCO of Entry-Level Servers
Beyond Adding Boxes: Smart Strategies for Growth
More servers mean more rack space, more switching infrastructure, more cooling, more power and more heads needed for management—resources that budget-conscious SMBs can hardly afford. But with burgeoning data volumes and virtualization gaining mindshare, developing a server growth strategy that works for both the business and the IT budget is an increasingly complex proposition. Should you splurge for virtualization-class servers and consolidate your data center? Or should you maintain the status quo and grow your server farm incrementally with entry-level devices?
Each approach has its technical pros and cons, most of which are measurable and quantifiable. From a financial perspective, however, the analysis is a tad more tricky. In this Strategy Session report, we’ll analyze an SMB cut of our InformationWeek Analytics 2010 Strategic Server Technology Survey, discuss just how severely capital budgets are under siege for the average small-to-midsize business, and lay out smart growth strategies. (S1110610)
PLUS: Server TCO Worksheet