This Technology Spotlight discusses the changing nature of IT and how blade server technology combined with virtualization is becoming the foundation of the distributed IT environment.
IDC research shows that datacenter operational expenses now are larger than capital expenditure for IT equipment. The personnel costs associated with managing and maintaining server systems as well as operational costs related to power and cooling and underutilized resources have significantly taxed datacenter budgets. Beyond capital and personnel costs, the energy expense necessary to operate a datacenter has risen sharply in recent years to the point that many datacenter managers consider power and cooling their number one challenge. Energy is now a limiting factor for financial budgets and the expansion of IT capacity within existing datacenter facilities, especially in distributed environments.
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