Applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server®, and Oracle/SAP based Application serve a wide range of critical business functions that include communication, knowledge management, collaboration, and day-to-day operational activities.
However, the legacy IT infrastructure that has grown up over time in most companies is not compatible with today’s flat or declining IT budgets.
Many SMEs are investing in consolidation and virtualization to tackle issues such as: Application and infrastructure sprawl, Unsustainable IT costs, Complex management, Poor availability and Inability to grow and adapt with business demands.
It is critical for midsize enterprises to consolidate their Windows environments and Microsoft applications to increase server and storage utilization, reduce infrastructure and software costs, and contain spending on space, power, and cooling.
In the typical one-workload-per-physical- server architecture, servers and software licenses are underutilized, infrastructure administration is inefficient, and IT can be slow to meet changing business needs.
While consolidating servers and applications is an important step, it is not a complete solution. Because Windows data has become increasingly critical for day-to-day operations, highly available and secure data storage is becoming a top priority.
However, in most Windows environments, data is scattered across a variety of devices such as direct-attached storage (DAS) connected to file and applications servers, network attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI and/or Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs). Such a segregated storage environment further complicates management and contributes to application downtime.
Only by consolidating and virtualizing applications, servers, and storage can you create a Windows IT environment that will meet your needs now and in the future.