Ibm cost of computing provocative statements whitepaper
Scale Up ComputingWould you ever buy aten-storey office buildingand only use two floors?Your computing infrastructure should be a keybusiness asset. Did you know that it may only 1be working at 15 per cent of its true capacity?And eating up more than 70 per cent of your ITbudget on operational support and maintenance?Part of a series of papers on doing More with Less
Scale Up Computing 85% of your current 41% of data center managers 80% of digital data is now computing claim their data centers unstructured3 and capacity could will max out their energy requires greater effort be sitting idle capacity within one to turn it into usable to two years2 intelligenceOperating your existingIT infrastructureinefﬁciently couldundermine yourability to differentiate,compete, win businessand grow. Re-thinkingthe commercialisationof that infrastructurecould improveefficiency and cut yourtotal cost of computingby over 30 per cent. 4
How long would you tolerate an expensive, business-criticalemployee who only spent 15 per cent of his or her time – yourorganisation’s time – actually working productively? Chances are,that employee wouldn’t last very long. Yet your organisation couldbe effectively using just £15 out of every £100 you spend on yourcomputing capacity.It’s like buying a fantastic new ten-storey ofﬁce building but only partially using help reduce IT systems and up to 70%two ﬂoors. How can so much waste be tolerated? It doesn’t happen overnight. storage cost by over 30 perAs an organisation’s needs evolve, IT systems are introduced to cope with cent while improving youranticipated requirements as well as actual use. In the drive for growth, a computing capacity andcompany’s IT infrastructure can start to sprawl, and quickly become expensive productivity, through:and outdated. As a result, companies are often overspending on power, labour • a reduction in servers viaand maintenance for IT without realising the extent of the problem. virtualisation – typically by savings7 could The complexity and cost associated with heritage computing technologies over 50 per cent.8 You can be achievedmeans that enabling change, ﬂexibility and business growth can be restricted. ditch demanding data through serverBuying new technology is not always the answer. Adding equipment as you need centres that have been virtualisationit, also known as “scale out” computing, consumes more space and power, and draining your business of involves more maintenance energy while gaining a and support costs. single view of all computing; up to 50% Businesses need to • a signiﬁcant reduction in operating system and software licensing costs – improve and simplify offering an estimated 30-70 per cent savings – without loss of productivity; and their IT environments if • a signiﬁcant reduction in power costs – up to 60 per cent of current IT they strive to optimise IT power consumption costs in some cases. performance. less storage5 is Each of the assessments can provide speciﬁc and tailored recommendations possible with efﬁcient DO MORE WITH LESS for an organisation’s IT infrastructure, revealing where you can do more with less. compression and Research has shown that, This is a question of efﬁciency and optimisation, with workloads data support in the long run, the market optimisation the ultimate goal. Different application workloads have different rewards those who make the characteristics and requirements. By applying effective hardware and software most of the right computing solutions an organisation can increase performance and manage complexity while resources in the right way.6 lowering costs. Improving the performance and effectiveness of IT systems resultsIn other words, you’re better off making the most of the appropriate IT systems, in a more powerful and power-efﬁcient model, with more capacity for far less cost.rather than just buying in more IT systems simply because they are new. While many organisations in the UK are resigned to doing the same for less, at WHERE NEXT?IBM we are committed to doing more with less. Much more. And we believe IBM continues to enhance its systems in both its servers and storage to deliveryour organisation could do the same. the stream of performance that took the industry from megahertz to gigahertz to IBM uses integration, optimisation and innovation to unlock the IT multi-core. But this is only one part of the puzzle. IBM is redeﬁning the industry’sefﬁciencies that can transform your business. Together, we can help you to prevailing view of performance from the chip and virtualisation capabilities, all themake more of the computing capacity you are failing to use while making way through the operating systems, middleware and deep optimisation ofsavings in the process. Instead of that mostly empty ten-storey building, you workload characteristics.could have a two-storey space that allowed you to maintain and improve your It is time to STOP the sprawl of commodity technology and thecurrent performance while eliminating waste and maximising utilisation. increasing waste of space, Assessing your current IT infrastructure and understanding what you have energy and ﬁnancial up to 41%already got will allow you to streamline your systems by cutting wasteful resources. By working yourspending and investing in the right IT options only where needed. Alternatively, organisation’s computingintroducing utility computing could be a solution that would entitle you to pay capacity smarter and harder,for your usage only (i.e. don’t buy ten ﬂoors, lease two). the advantages will quickly stack up. Do you ignore theUSE AND IMPROVE WHAT YOU’VE GOT, lower cost and 35% less overwhelming evidence ofGET RID OF WHAT YOU DON’T NEED energy per transaction9 waste in your largely idleYou need to understand your organisation’s IT estate and ﬁnd out more achieved by optimising system? Or do you ﬂex thoseabout the other ﬂoors in the building. IBM can help analyse current total cost workload systems and force themof ownership for IT infrastructure in detail, taking into account all facilities, to give you more for lesshardware, software and support staff costs. These infrastructure studies can money? The choice is yours.