Taking Back Control of Your IT Infrastructure: Consolidating to a Data Center in a Box

An IBM Redguide publication

Published 07 September 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738450510
ISBN-13: 9780738450513
IBM Form #: REDP-4761-00
(54 pages)

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Authors: Alex Louwe Kooijmans, Ogechi Nduka, Liv Samuels, John Schlosser, Christian Strauer


The relatively recent advent of server virtualization for distributed systems has given companies much needed relief in dealing with server sprawl. However, consolidating all workloads “in place” on the same distributed-system architecture is not necessarily the best choice to maximize business agility while driving down expenses. The IBM zEnterprise System delivers a unique workload optimization and server consolidation platform that can help companies spend less on IT, and at the same time, deliver superior levels of service quality that can create improved business results. This IBM Redguide™ publication outlines the rich set of technology options available with zEnterprise that can help users “do more with less” in ways that cannot be matched by any other IT vendor in the industry. A methodology for server consolidation is included, and also two case studies and an overview of IBM offerings to help you getting started.

Table of contents

Executive overview
Business challenges perceived by CIOs today
Solving today’s business challenges through server consolidation
Introducing a data center in a box for server consolidation
Server consolidation approach
Case studies
IBM services and offerings

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