After more than a decade of increases in the size of IT environments due to the proliferation of systems, devices, storage, and management tools, IT complexity has reached an all-time high. Today, day-to-day business operations are integrated with IT and datacenters. IT is seen as a way to gain a competitive advantage in the market versus simply supporting business functions. IT applications and services are an increasingly common way companies interact with clients and employees, as well as a new way to research markets and develop new products. However, most IT organizations have constrained budgets and overburdened staffs. Yet they still must deliver an expanding base of applications and seemingly higher degrees of service-level agreements (SLAs). They must seek efficiencies in their operations and shift to a more agile infrastructure that's flexible enough to adapt to future changes in the business. The operational costs of managing an x86 base are taxing IT budgets, making it difficult to fund and staff new initiatives. Read this Q&A to learn why the integrated nature of the blade platform delivers critically needed efficiencies in system management, monitoring, and provisioning.
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