Data center consolidation and its accompanying technologies – virtualization and cloud computing – have potential to deliver on their ambitious promises for equipment on server racks, Government Computing News reports.
According to the report, all three data center trends make large promises to offer cost savings, improve efficiency and provide other similar benefits. It is quickly becoming clear that these promises are more than just hype and could be the genuine result of deploying the technologies in the public sector, the report said.
Overall, data center consolidation should be capable of reducing operating costs, according to the report. Server virtualization should also come through with its claims to improve flexibility, and the cloud will reduce IT infrastructure spending.
However, to achieve these benefits, the report said, government agencies may need to align their financial models more closely with the way these three technologies will change business processes.
Centralizing resources is a key part of data center consolidation and is rapidly growing as a key industry trend. According to a recent Continuity Central report, centralizing resource management will also emerge as a major data center trend during the next decade.