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‘Consolidate to reduce TCO, complexity’

CIOs have the responsibility to help introduce IT-supported business services, and at the same time, are under pressure to cut IT infrastructure costs. In such a situation the CIO is caught between the need to build versus the need to cut spending. IT managers also need a strategy to reduce costs, optimize resources, and maintain flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.

K.P. Unnikrishnan, Country Head - Marketing, Sun Microsystems India Private Limited, feels the best approach is to consolidate the IT infrastructure. “Consolidation helps make more efficient use of resources, increasing system utilization, thus lowering TCO and improving profitability,” he said.

Several factors contribute to the need to consolidate IT infrastructure. They are tight budgets, under-utilized assets, server and storage sprawl, growing complexity, unpredictable data growth, and insufficient availability of systems.

Increased service levels consolidation can help provide higher service levels to customers. “Consolidated servers and storage can be configured more reliably. System resources can be dynamically reallocated between applications on-the-fly. And services can scale seamlessly to meet customers' growing demand,” explained Unnikrishnan.

Sun offers an infrastructure solution for enterprise consolidation. According to Sun, this solution offers a proven methodology as well as products, technologies, and services to help customers consolidate to a common architecture of fewer, more powerful, and better-utilized systems. Sun says the solution can create an environment that is less costly, less complex, and easier to manage.

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