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Cloud computing is the hottest topic to talk about these days between IT people. Some really flatter the words while at the same time some others are a bit gun shy to talk about it. Cloud computing has been seen as a “golden bullet” to use/manage IT. Will it really help IT to be the “GPS of Business”. Are we really there now? As a young IT professional, I decided to give it a try to explain what I personally believe.

I would like to divide the phase into three main group as; Virtualization, Private Clouds (Internal Clouds), Public Clouds. It all started by virtualization of x86 machines. In today’s distributed environments, where up to 85 percent of computing capacity sits idle, there is a tremendous amount of waste, waste that companies no longer can afford. Maintaining current IT infrastructure sucks up about 70 percent of today’s IT budgets while new solutions and capabilities go begging. So, there was a big utilization problem and virtualization solved it successfully. Now, it is a main stream approach and has been already applied by a big portion of the enterprises. The ability to consolidate large server farms and better utilize hardware is a proven route to significant cost savings, and may also assist with corporate green initiatives in reducing CO2 emissions.

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I have been involved in some Storage projects at HP these days and started to get my foots wet. I can not say I am a real professional on storage virtualization yet, but slowly surely I am emerging. Since I like to share my knowledge, I decided to write this blog post about storage virtualization.

Storage today is typically 10-15 percent of a typical IT budget, but it is only purchasing costs included. To sum it, we need to add personnel costs of operating, support and maintenance and the electricity and cooling costs as well. It obviously varies between different companies, but it is estimated amount of purchases of hardware and software and service on this for about 20-50 percent of the total cost. While the data center power and cooling account for 10-20 percent. Operation and management costs is therefore of 30-50 percent. So, the biggest area to save money is management and administaration areas, where many repetitive data should be automated (Storage Deduplication). Review your processes! Being able to free up staff for other tasks of course leads to cost savings. (more…)

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