Feb 2017 - Industry Developments and Models - Doc # US42291917

Managing the IT Infrastructure Balance Point for Improved Performance and Efficiency in the Era of Digital Transformation

By: Eric BurgenerResearch Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

Abstract

This IDC study provides infrastructure and datacenter managers with guidance on how to best harness emerging and existing storage technologies to create IT infrastructures that can meet evolving business requirements and environmental conditions efficiently. This study introduces the concept of the IT infrastructure balance point, explores the balance point's relation to performance and efficiency, and discusses how the balance of the major resource components of that infrastructure — compute, storage, networking, and applications — should be evolved over time in the new era of 3rd Platform computing.

"Storage administrators may already use an intuitive feel for how to configure their virtual infrastructure for the highest performance in their given environment, but the concepts of infrastructure density and evolving balance points that result in optimum efficiency provide a framework that makes this easier," said Eric Burgener, research director, Storage, IDC. "As your IT infrastructure evolves and you upgrade server, storage, networks, and applications to new technology generations, keep in mind the relationship between infrastructure balance and efficiency. Use that as a planning concept to help schedule technology upgrades across the four resource component areas to get the most out of your IT spend."


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