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[May 09, 2014]
Fujitsu tackles server complexity [ITWeb]
(ITWeb Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Mega IT trends continue to increase the complexity, velocity, variety and required performance of applications, while budgets and data centre space stay limited.
This is according to VP server systems at Fujitsu Uwe Neumeier, who notes that cloud, social, mobile and big data have resulted in an unprecedented explosion of data and increased digital information volumes. This, he notes, has also led to new information use, making information management infinitely more difficult going forward than it has been in the past.
"It's not only these trends impacting on information storage and data centres, we also have to take into account environmental factors such as energy consumption, socio-economic issues and IT education levels, to develop effective business models suited to the markets that server-based businesses operate in," explains Neumeier.
"To respond to these challenges effectively, we have to do our homework. In South Africa for example, Fujitsu understood that Eskom was increasing tariffs by 8% average, which ultimately affects consumer spending," states Neumeier. "For this and other similar markets, we saw the need to develop solutions that address power consumption, while not compromising the time-to-business ratio. Expensive cooling in a data centre coupled with lost efficiency in power supply units and cables often account for more than 50% of the energy costs." Neumeier points out that customers growing increasingly knowledgeable about the type of server technology they adopt, has also helped Fijutsi take the complexity out of it. "Instead of limited server connections or expensive single-site deployments, customers are demanding simpler IT solutions." Server trends Fujitsu states that integrated systems and IT infrastructure – those combining servers, storage and networking – are becoming increasingly popular. The company adds that server customers are starting to realise they do not have to stick with single-vendor stacks anymore. Bundles of technology are available that combine market-leading hardware, middleware and networking capabilities.
Complete packages, it says, or "data-centre-in-a-box" solutions are increasingly used for branch sites and the emergence of these trends places the onus on the CIO to find the server technology that is up to the job.
Key challenges According to the company, apprehensions about the long-term availability of data centre capacity, as well as the staff skill set required to manage servers remain key issues. With no supposed improvement in sight, it notes that CIOs are still committing large sums to IT management resources because easier system management and deployment remains out of reach.
But before CIOs give up, Fujitsu urges them to widen the search and know that there are ways to get the capacity and performance they expect, plus lower energy and IT support costs.
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