Reign in infrastructure sprawl to save costs and improve efficiency.
As your data center grows, increased complexity can lead to a host of issues — infrastructure sprawl, high maintenance costs and lack of flexibility—just to name a few. Consolidating and virtualizing your infrastructure is one of the first steps for creating a more optimized, cloud-ready data center. To get started, it is important to evaluate and rationalize your IT services and corresponding workloads. An optimized data center helps you save on energy, costs, space and labor while improving asset utilization.
Improve asset utilization and reduce infrastructure sprawl.
Reduce energy demands, expand capacity and build the foundation for cloud computing—and ultimately social, mobile and analytics.
Help Save Costs
Reduce inefficiencies in your data center to help save on energy, costs, space and labor.
Assess, plan and design a more consolidated, flexible and resilient server environment that can more quickly respond to market changes — now and in the future.
Optimize and Standardize
Determine which services and workloads are the most valuable in your data center.
Which services in your data center are business critical, and which are not? Optimizing and standardizing services in your IT environment are key to creating a strategic data center. IBM’s fit-for-purpose and business criticality assessments are designed to analyze your workloads and determine which services to keep and which to leave behind. By mapping workloads to their most valuable platform and segmenting them into service tiers, you can reduce cost, risk and management complexity. For the services that remain, creating standard policies help lay the groundwork for automation—and ultimately, technologies like cloud computing, social, mobile and analytics.
Determine which services to keep and which to retire.
Establish Standard Policies
Establish procedures to perform repetitive tasks consistently and reliably.
Prepare for Automation
Build the foundation for automation and cloud computing—which can help your organization support social, mobile and analytics capabilities.
Transform your networking environment for improved availability, reliability, performance and security.
Simplify and Automate
Reduce manual tasks and gain more flexibility in your data center.
When it comes to your data center, simplifying and automating manual processes can improve consistency and reduce error rates. By creating a standardized catalog of services accessible through a self-service portal, automation enables users to provision and scale IT resources more efficiently. IBM can help you simplify and automate your data center, so you can drive productivity benefits while paving the way for technologies like cloud, social, mobile and analytics.
Simplify Provisioning and Management
Enable more streamlined delivery of services and offload tasks for system administrators, while building the foundation for cloud computing.
Help Save Costs and Improve Performance
Reduce errors and costly delays by using repeatable, consistent processes.
Gain More Flexibility
By introducing automation into your data center, services can be handed off more easily (for example, between application development and testing).
Make analytics-based decisions for a faster transition to the cloud.
Enable a self-optimizing, software-defined environment that dynamically sources infrastructure for increased efficiency.
New technology trends call for a new approach to your data center. Transitioning to a software-defined environment (SDE) helps your organization gain a competitive edge. An SDE dynamically optimizes infrastructure based on application requirements, availability and service-level policies. Using cognitive computing and advanced analytics, this intelligent software can learn from experience to prepare for future scenarios. IBM provides services to help you adopt a dynamic hybrid approach to your data center—so you can operate more pervasively in the cloud while supporting other leading-edge technologies such as mobile, social and analytics.
Optimize your compute, storage, network and facilities infrastructure so it can adapt to the type of workload required with more efficiency.
Operate in the Cloud
Free applications and processes from the physical infrastructure and operate in the cloud for increased flexibility, while managing security and compliance mandates.
Prepare for Future Workloads
The SDE uses cognitive learning to adjust workloads and update associated policies to help streamline future requests.
The IT Infrastructure Impact of Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security
Is your data center being overwhelmed by rapidly converging technologies?
Learn the infrastructure implications of today's rapidly evolving technologies and the pervasive agility essential to capitalizing on them.