IDC conducted in-depth interviews with seven enterprises that have recently initiated a technology refresh of their Unix server storage and operating environment. The interviews provided valuable insight into the customers' reasons for modernizing their IT infrastructure and the benefits associated with both consolidation and virtualization. Reviewing these practices yielded a large amount of quantitative data that IDC entered into its return-on-investment (ROI) analysis. This IDC White Paper looks at the specific business values associated with partnering with Oracle to support these consolidation efforts. The paper also examines how using Oracle systems and applications further reduced costs.