Server consolidation can provide the first step toward designing and implementing a more efficient and flexible IT environment that supports an organization’s overall strategic business objectives. Taking this first step, however, involves more than just eliminating a few servers. It requires a thoughtful and systematic approach, one that takes into consideration both business and IT objectives and constraints.

Organizations often embrace server consolidation as an ideal path to streamlining the IT environment.  Unfortunately, many only look at it as a way to reduce the number of servers. They fail to realize all of the benefits of such an initiative. IBM takes a more strategic approach to server consolidation and views it within the context of resource optimization. IBM believes server consolidation can not only address an organization’s IT infrastructure, but also help to align IT objectives and processes with its business needs.

An examination of server consolidation: trends that can drive efficiencies and help businesses gain a competitive edge.