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Data center solutions, fast-food style

Hard to control, costly to operate and complicated to prioritize: these are the three main concerns of today's CIOs in Hungary, a fresh study from Novell reveals.

The data center (servers, storage and operational systems, virtual environments, monitoring tools and processes) is at the heart of IT support for critical business appliances and IT services. But today companies are overloaded with the management of these centers, and the situation is getting worse every day. Chief information officers are working hard to upgrade and simplify the systems at the same time, while maintaining its functionalities.

The goal of Novell's study was to find out what sort of solutions are used by the Hungarian CIOs (focusing on the large enterprises, governmental and educational institutions), if they are content with their current systems, what are the major challenges they face and in what direction do they plan to advance.

The key findings of the study were:

43% of the respondents use Windows servers, while Linux is used by 32% of them. This data more or less coincides with that of international studies.The respondents who use Linux servers do so because of its cost-effectiveness (82%), because of it stability and reliability (80%) and 62% choose it for safety reasons. Good integration possibilities with other systems was the reason behind the implementation at 42% of the companies, which is an important factor from the perspective of integration with Microsoft products.  The ratio of respondents planning to expand the number of Linux servers is 60%.56% of the CIOs use virtualization in their data centers and further 26% plan to use it in 3 years time. These two groups have several virtualization developments in their strategies: the most dynamically growing segment is that of the virtualization of even more computers at the company.  Among the experts surveyed, 30% plan to implement some sort of business service management (BSM) application. The main reason for that is either the real-time measuring of SLAs (26%) or the real-time follow-up of the effects on applications and services.  

Seeing the demand for a complex solution on implementation, control and measure, Novell packed up its existing solutions, a Linux platform and server consolidation, expanded with a BSM product in a „menu”. And just the likes of fast-food chains, the menus are discounted as well. (BBJ Online)