Remote offices, branch offices and small businesses have dramatically stepped up their adoption of new technology to help them run everything from typical business applications to cutting-edge solutions that differentiate their organisations. But that rapid run-up in new technology deployments has often come with a cost: increased infrastructure complexity that has become harder and more expensive to manage.
This increasing infrastructure complexity takes many forms, including:
• A sprawling array of servers—some of which are connected to each other, but many of which are operating independent of each other.
• Rapid expansion in storage infrastructure, often installed through a combination of internal and external solutions, including purpose-built appliances, network-attached storage and storage-area networks.
• A maze of cabling and infrastructure racks, putting pressure on IT departments to come up with better management schemes and new ways to deal with physical space constraints as systems sprawl.
• Spiraling power and cooling requirements to deal with expanding infrastructure points.
• Multiple, overlapping systems management tools, often dedicated to different infrastructure solutions.
• Challenges in servicing and scaling more and more servers, storage and networking equipment.
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