Date Added: Nov 2009
Server consolidation is one of the most discussed IT initiatives in the industry right now. A recent research revealed that the companies are slowing down on their software acquisition keeping in the current economic climate. Server sprawl is a term used to describe the IT phenomenon in which multiple over-distributed and under-utilized servers are incurring a higher cost of operation than their return on investment. It is a state which exposes irresponsible spending and unplanned growth, neither of which is tolerated when every company in industry is looking for ways to cut down on its costs to weather the financial storm of the century. This paper examines the potential issues with uncontrolled server expansion, methods to rein in those servers, and the associated costs. In addition, this paper also offers guidelines to help manage a server consolidation project. Exceed on Demand and Exceed Freedom, the Open Text remote X window delivery platforms are the two solutions designed to match the expectations of the modern business world and IT infrastructure, where technology resources are being centralized by the likes of virtualization technology, and labor resources are dispersed throughout the world. With Exceed on Demand or Exceed Freedom, the global work force is sheltered from the effect of the server consolidation project. Users are empowered with access to business applications without the burden of the physical distance that separates them.