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Overview: Transitioning from a UNIX environment to an x86 platform can significantly reduce costs, improve application performance, and enable business opportunity.
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See if you qualify for a complimentary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis of your UNIX environment. Act now because those who qualify will receive a copy of “The Economics of Cloud Computing: An Overview For Decision Makers” by Bill Williams.

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  • Cisco Services Perspectives Magazine INSIGHT, GUIDANCE, AND RESOURCES FOR MAXIMIZING THE BUSINESS VALUE OF IT The Business and Technology Case for Infrastructure Modernization Transitioning from a UNIX environment to an x86 platform can significantly reduce costs, improve application performance, and enable business opportunity. UNIX investments have been waning for more than a decade. • According to a recent Gartner report, “The Future of UNIX: Hazy and Overcast, So Reach for the Umbrella,” purely monolithic UNIX will decline as infrastructure architects migrate legacy applications such as ERP off UNIX. • One scenario shows the period of sharpest UNIX decline beginning 2014 to 2015. “As global UNIX revenue continues to fall,” Gartner forecasts, “the most likely path for the future of UNIX is for continuing decline.” It’s easy to see why. The cost savings alone justify infrastructure modernization. Through technology consolidation and virtualization on a modern platform, companies can dramatically reduce their operating expenses. The aforementioned retailer is using its $10 million in annual savings to invest in a new e-commerce solution that will extend the company’s online selling and customer experience capabilities. And it would not have been possible without the retailer’s new, unified infrastructure, or the cost savings that are funding the project. • A leading arts and crafts outlet is using the cost savings from its recent migration to an x86 platform to invest in advanced data analytics capabilities. • These capabilities will help the company understand its customers’ buying patterns and preferences, which will be used for customer intimacy and loyalty initiatives, as well as targeted advertising and promotions. “It’s really not about the platform or the immediate benefits of migration,” says Jonathan Knudsen, client services manager for Cisco Services. “It’s about business enablement and the new opportunities that can be uncovered and pursued.” • A Fortune 500 retailer recently made the switch from a legacy RISC UNIX environment to a Cisco® Unified Computing System™ (UCS) and will save an estimated $50 million over the next five years as a result. Internal challenges inhibit migration • With 560 workloads being migrated to the new platform, the company is slashing the cost of each workload by $19,000 per year. Despite such compelling advantages spanning cost reduction and business innovation, many companies are reluctant to make a change after years of legacy infrastructure investments. “Moving from a legacy environment to an x86 platform almost always results in lower operating expenses,” says Krishnan Subramaniam, director of migration services for Cisco Services. “But the value of infrastructure modernization goes well beyond cost savings.” “Some are afraid of change, afraid of the unknown, afraid of the perceived risks and consequences,” says Subramaniam. “But a transition to an x86 environment is the first critical step to adopting private or public clouds, which can be a catalyst for agility and flexibility.” More than cost reduction The true benefits of migration, Subramaniam explains, surround the possibilities it creates. Beyond cost reductions and technology efficiencies, they include opportunities for business transformation, innovation, and growth. “Many companies are finding they can use their new infrastructure in tandem with the cost savings achieved to push their business forward,” Subramaniam says. “Organizations can bolster their innovation activities to deliver new products and services. And they can increase their agility and ability to respond to customer and market changes.” There is often a gulf between infrastructure and application teams within large enterprises, adds Knudsen, which can increase apprehension and indecision. “Infrastructure teams don’t always understand the application environment and all of the interdependencies,” Knudsen explains. “And application teams are typically wary of changes that could impact availability, performance, or data integrity.”
  • Cisco Services Perspectives INSIGHT, GUIDANCE, AND RESOURCES FOR MAXIMIZING THE BUSINESS VALUE OF IT Truth is, these are largely human problems. When done correctly, with careful planning and guidance, infrastructure modernization almost always improves application performance. It also typically increases the speed and efficiency of application testing, deployments, and updates. “Planning is the key,” says Knudsen. “Successful migration requires a proven methodology that reduces risks, maintains SLAs during and after migration, and delivers the anticipated cost, technical, and business benefits.” • Cisco Services offers a pragmatic, step-by-step approach for infrastructure modernization. • It not only considers hardware, but also applications, data, users, and the interdependencies among them. • With careful planning and preparation, and experienced guidance along the way, enterprises can modernize their infrastructure without fear or risk. “There are companies that are modernizing their infrastructure to transform their business and create competitive differentiation,” says Subramaniam. “Those that don’t will be left behind. If you are still using a legacy platform, now is the time to migrate.” 1 Gartner, “The Future of UNIX: Hazy and Overcast, So Reach for the Umbrella,” April 2012. Gartner, “Market Trends: 21 Signposts for the Future of the UNIX Market,” 2 October 2012. Collaboration assessment See if you qualify for a complimentary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis of your UNIX environment. Act now because those who qualify will receive a copy of “The Economics of Cloud Computing: An Overview For Decision Makers” by Bill Williams. This article appears in Cisco Services Perspectives Magazine, Spring/Summer 2013 edition. Download Services Perspectives Magazine at: http://servicesperspectives.com. © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco, the Cisco logo, and Unified Computing System are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/ go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1308)