Imagine turning off half of your servers and still getting all of your computing done. Sounds impossible, right? But that’s exactly what one of our customers did. They cut the number of servers they needed in half, but all run at 90% utilization -- way better than the 30% utilization levels they were getting before. Their results are pretty impressive -- just think of the aggregated efficiencies in terms of power, cooling and space utilization they’re seeing.
Sound too good to be true?
It may sound too good to be true, but these are actual results from one of our customers. They are a large customer with a global presence and a reputation for world-class engineering. They were facing server proliferation across the enterprise and realized that had to stop. Key to this turnaround was a server-consolidation initiative that included an enterprise-wide implementation of Bright Cluster Manager in 5 mega-datacenters. Bright enabled IT to execute this highly strategic project with ease, and continues to add value on an ongoing operational basis.
Bright Cluster Manager’s ongoing presence matters dearly to the lifeblood of this organization - its engineers. Although these engineers care little about server counts and utilization levels, they are passionate about the use of computers as tools that aid in all phases of the engineering process. With the consolidated environment, they have become accustomed to a consistently reliable end-user experience. Because the consolidated environment is a significant resource, these engineers are now able to obtain results that were quite simply out of reach in the past. The 7-minute video below captures the essence of this do-more-with-less initiative.
And you don’t need to be a multinational engineering corporation to reap the benefits of server consolidation. For example, these public-sector researchers in materials science also use a consolidated resource that spans multiple sites.
In 2014, there was heightened interest in server consolidation. We expect this trend to continue. If you have a consolidation initiative on your agenda for 2015, please get in touch with us, as we’re confident we can help you out.