As technology changes the IT management end-game remains the same: do more with less. This will never change. The result of many discussions today is "server consolidation". With all the talk about server consolidation, excess computing power, server sprawl, and stranded storage, why consider building a server farm based on the Microsoft platform?
The answer is simple: do more with less. For some applications, fewer, larger servers may be the answer, but for others, low cost scalable farms are the answer. Simply stated, a server farm is a collection servers maintained to accomplish server needs far beyond the capability of one machine. Because of their flexibility, power, and relatively low cost, Microsoft server farms are increasingly dominate in thin client computing, large 'Exchange' solutions, web hosting applications built on IIS, and even data warehouses and transaction processing, where user growth is increasing rapidly.
When you consider that an average 'Exchange' or 'terminal server' may handle 100 -200 users, scaling these applications by implementing server farms allows you to increase the number of users and/or applications exponentially while preserving the familiar experience for the end-user.
Combining Microsoft with server farms based on blade server technology allows you to do more with less, by providing a scalable platform capable of handing the needs of 1000's of individuals with applications that are familiar to the user, resulting in less training. And Blade technology allows you to scale quickly and easily, adding servers in less time, using less valuable square footage in the datacenter, saving on cabling and power requirements, and having much less wasted storage capacity.
Server farms are increasingly being used by large enterprises to accomplish these tasks. Amdex can help plan and deploy these effectively by helping you avoid the failure of individual machines, choosing the proper platforms to scale to your future needs, providing an architecture for redundancy, failover, and rapid reconfiguration of the server cluster. In addition, we can aid in the planning of the data center's cooling and power.
Doing more with less applies to much more than just the quantity of servers. Together with HP technology, Amdex is 'Making IT Easy' for organizations like these to put the power of Microsoft farms to work.