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It seems it's always monsoon season in today's data centers. Regardless of the economic climate or any other factors, CIOs and data center managers can count on constant and enormous volumes of data of various types gushing into their servers from virtually all points across their enterprises.

At the same time, as fast as the data pours in, executives, financial analysts, marketers, sales, field service, customer support and other employees and business partners want direct, unmediated access to it. They want hands-on access to up-to-the-second data that they can explore on their own.

While there's a lot of goodness to be found in this environment of exponential data growth and the voracious desire to squeeze every ounce of competitive advantage out of that data, it does present a few pesky challenges.

When budgets were a bit more generous, IT simply added more capacity -- more servers, more data marts and data warehouses, even more data centers.

Those days, though, are gone. Today, IT must find ways to maximize capacity and performance using existing assets. In fact, many departments have been directed to find ways to reduce their data center footprints and operational costs.

Data center consolidation: high on CIO's to do lists

A number of surveys have found that at or near the top of almost every CIO's to do list is some sort of data center consolidation initiative. These initiatives are typically driven by the need to reduce server, storage and application sprawl and their accompanying costs. These projects are also intended to improve business processes, increase workforce effectiveness, and empower business users with the comprehensive information they need to target new customers, grow existing customer relationships, create new products or services, and expand into new markets and geographies.

There's also the matter of being able to comply more quickly and accurately with regulatory and financial reporting requirements.

And not to be forgotten, there's the growing trend among organizations to take steps to be "green" by reducing power consumption (and the attendant costs) and doing their part to address the climate change crisis.


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