Infrastructure Consolidation

By Tony Lock

Research results obtained by Freeform Dynamics towards the end of 2009 show that, despite the
considerable efforts of vendors to promote the benefits of ‘consolidation’, organisations of all sizes
continue have large numbers of servers in their estates. Organisations are undertaking server
consolidation projects, especially employing virtualisation technologies, but there is still a long way
to go before such projects encompass the majority of systems. With so much attention being placed
on infrastructure consolidation, essentially to save money rather than yet to enhance service
flexibility, should CIOs think carefully of the implications to their procurement policies going

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Tony is an IT operations guru. As an ex-IT manager with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, his extensive vendor briefing agenda makes him one of the most well informed analysts in the industry, particularly on the diversity of solutions and approaches available to tackle key operational requirements. If you are a vendor talking about a new offering, be very careful about describing it to Tony as ‘unique’, because if it isn’t, he’ll probably know.