Trend shows IT managers favour single server platforms

More than a third of Australian companies maintain their computing requirements on a single server platform and this trend is set to continue with larger organisations focusing on integration tools and interoperability, according to an IDC report to be released later this month.

The survey examines the dynamics of the server environments of 400 IT professionals in Australia and estimates 40 per cent of organisations will move to a single platform preference this year.

Logan Ringland, IDC's computing hardware analyst, said both small and large-sized organisations are making this transition.

"Although this trend is clearly evident there will continue to be an abundance of multiple platforms in the immediate term to manage the wide array of workload requirements that no single platform is capable of supporting," Ringland said.

"It does appear that reliance on integration tools and interoperability between platforms will continue to be the reality for most larger organisations in the years to come."

Internet-induced data requirements and the increasing adoption of enterprise business applications are the factors currently moulding the platform market in Australia.

The survey found selecting a type of server platform for an organisation is directly influenced by certain business considerations such as previous legacy investments, initial cost outlay, maintenance and technological performance including availability, scalability and security.

Ringland said in terms of installed base, the survey identified the continued proliferation of Microsoft's Windows NT platform.

There is also a rapid uptake of shared storage pools within Australian enterprises, and by the end of this year half the organisations surveyed will deploy some form of shared storage resources.

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