IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - September 2012 - (Page 6)

IBM Perspective Power Systems directions Myths and Truths About Cost et’s talk about cost. I mean the true cost of delivering IT services, not the myths repeated in our industry every day. In my view, these myths have gone unchallenged far too long. I want to discuss how IBM’s substantial investments in Power* technology translate directly into lower IT cost. As you may know, IBM consistently invests about $6 billion a year in R&D. A significant portion of that funding has been applied to Power technologies— more than $3 billion in recent years. As a result, the Power Systems* roadmap is marked by steady advances in semiconductor technology, microprocessor and systems design, virtualization and operating systems, system software such as PowerVM* and PowerSC*, and IBM optimized middleware. This stream of innovation and integration has produced a unique set of capabilities that provide major advantages to our clients in the areas of performance, service quality—and yes, cost savings. It’s true—one of the most important reasons for deploying workloads on Power technology is cost mitigation. It’s no secret that server virtualization is one of the most dominant trends in systems today. Studies have observed that the growth of virtualized environments has coincided with a strong shift in IT spending, according to IDC. While new server spending has decreased, spending on labor for server management and administration as well as energy has increased. Further, this has occurred as the volume of scale-out x86 servers has grown tremendously compared with scale-up architectures. Clearly, this is a paradox. While businesses are spending less to acquire L commodity x86 servers, they are spending much, much more for the labor and software required to manage them. This cost escalation may not be clearly visible to key IT and line-of-business leaders, which perpetuates the illusion that buying cheap servers is a smart way to reduce expenses. With scalability, stability, security, performance and integrated virtualization that is far superior to Using a range of organization sizes—from medium to large to very large—as the driving principal, the total cost of ownership (TCO) EOS trend can be summarized this way: When the complexity and size of the virtualized environment moves from medium to very large, the competitive virtualization offerings actually grow in cost per VM, up to 1.9 times. However, when PowerVM was scaled up, it was the only One of the most important reasons for deploying workloads on Power technology is cost mitigation. Colin Parris competing x86 systems, Power Systems servers can handle a wide range of workloads without driving up data center costs. Earlier this year, the independent research firm Solitaire Interglobal ( virtualization/assets/platformmatters. html) conducted a survey of some 61,000 systems customers. Its survey focused on virtualization and compared the leading x86 and UNIX* hypervisors on the market today. One aspect of the study was efficiency of scale (EOS). It looked at the change in the normalized cost as the implementation increased in size and complexity in either the physical deployment or the number of VMs, which reflected any efficiency that tools and management flow provided in a specific virtualization mechanism. Colin Parris General Manager, IBM Power Systems 6 SEPTEMBER 2012 PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT CARR virtualization technology researched where the cost per VM actually declined. What can explain this remarkable result? Simply this: Power Systems servers with PowerVM virtualization are designed to scale up as well as scale within, delivering lower cost per workload. In fact, the more Power is scaled, the lower the cost per unit of work it delivers. So when your company is making infrastructure and virtualization decisions, be sure you’re considering TCO—not just the immediate cost of acquisition. The myth that Power Systems servers are more expensive can be easily dispelled when you look at the wider equation.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - September 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2012
Editor's Desk: It's the Economy, Genius
IBM Perspective: Myths and Truths About Cost
Dashboard: Big Bang to Big Data; A Wooden Light Bulb?; CEOs Going Social; Bubble 'Bots
Insider: Virtualization Blends the Best of Disk and Tape
Case Study: Mobile Defender: Jacksonville Public Defender's Office better serves clients with document imaging and mobile access
Cover Story: A Pivotal Position: CFOs link up with CIOs to move business forward
Feature: A New Lease on Your Business Life: Analyst Cal Braunstein offers economic perspective and advice
Focus on Storage: Store More Data With New Real-time Compression Technology
Next: Biometric Identifiers Will Soon Allow CIOs to Worry Less About Authentication Issues
FYI: Hot, Warm and Cold Data Find a Home With Storage Groups
Solutions: SafeNet/i; STORServer Backup Appliance; Robot/SCHEDULE Enterprise; SignHere 1.3.3; Double-Take for AIX 4.0; Presto 4; ARCAD 8.15; Compleo Designer; JD Edwards World A9.3; Change Tracker
Advertisers Index
Snapshot: Enselman Books Through Application Modernization
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
Women in Technology
Publisher's Letter: Leaders in Technology
CIO Jeanette Horan steers Big Blue into newly charted waters
FIDM's Roxanne Reynolds-Lair explains what makes her tick
IT is right where IBM's Zarina Stanford wants to be
Technology runs in the blood of zNextGener Kristine Harper
Susan Gantner works magic as a programmer and educator
Kirsten Craft enjoys taking on the challenges that come with an IT position
On the Move: These women have also pursued notable IT careers
2012 Power Systems Buyer's Guide Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - September 2012