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Hardware Isn't Cheap
Of course hardware continues to advance technologically, so yes, it is less expensive per unit of work than it was 2 years ago. But hardware isn't cheap if it is performing poorly. Poorly configured and poorly performing servers cost you real money because:
- They require a great deal more management and manpower to keep running, up to date, and optimized for performance and workloads deployed (think herding cats).
- Server sprawl (lots of "cheap" commodity servers) instead of a large, centrally managed enterprise-class server takes up a lot of real estate, electricity, and cooling. Money wasted because of sub-optimal performance and/or configuration.
- Hardware maintenance tends to be lower with newer, enterprise-class servers than lots of "Commodity servers" due to longer warranties on enterprise servers.
- Software maintenance (SWMA) tends to be lower on enterprise-class servers, because often SWMA is based on the quantity of cores deployed to run an application.
- Modern, enterprise-class servers are inherently more reliable than their commodity cousins, saving money in downtime and repairing servers.
- Technology life cycle for commodity servers is maybe 18 months, enterprise servers, on the other hand, have a life cycle more like their lease term, say 36 months.
Come on, get serious, what is easier to manage: A)- A herd of cats or B)- One well-trained, loyal, obedient German Shepherd? The answer should be obvious. Also, the cats' vet and food bills will be higher than the dog's.
MPG's Navigator Family® of software for IBM® Power Systems™ can help you prove that cheap hardware is an illusion of low cost. We can show you how to manage your servers so they are performing like well-trained machines.