Small companies step up pace on storage

Consolidation and virtualisation hold centre stage

The pace of consolidation and virtualisation in the Australian small and medium-sized business (SMB) market is progressing at a considerable rate, according to a new IDC report.

The report titled Consolidation, Virtualisation, and Storage Strategies in Australia Small and Medium-Sized Business: The Quiet Revolution revealed that in order to deploy, maintain and grow a broad array of services and applications, Australian SMBs must continually add new servers and storage. However, in doing so they face challenges such as rising costs, poor ROI (because servers are typically under-utilised), and decreasing manageability due to the higher numbers of servers in play.

"A main priority for SMBs is to increase server utilisation. IT managers do not want to have dozens of servers lying around, running at 15 per cent utilisation, consuming valuable real estate and increasingly expensive power. They want all the workload consolidated on a few powerful servers, with a much better level of systems management and service level," said Jean-Marc Annonier, IDC's research manager for small and medium business markets.

"Cost considerations continue to be the strongest driver to the adoption of consolidation and virtualisation in Australian SMBs. This is due to operation costs decreasing as the ratio of personnel to number of servers/amount of storage increases," Annonier added.

Len Rust is publisher of The Rust Report

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