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BLOG: Doing more with less: How IT can keep up with Big Data

Ron Goh | Jan. 17, 2014
One of the biggest challenges confronting CIOs today is how to do more with less.

Solid operational cost savings-Every year CIOs are asked to take on the latest buzzword technology and make it priority number one while budgets are continually cut. The only way forward is to change current operations as a way to find the funds needed to fuel innovation.  Consequently, upfront cost when acquiring new assets is clearly an important consideration.  That said, the real advantage may come with assessing and computing cost savings that may be  realized throughout the three to four years of the useful life of the resources.   Selecting servers that deliver these higher levels of transactions, have the ability to perform even higher ratios of consolidation of existing systems and help enabling reductions in maintenance costs and spending on power, space, and cooling, which can help lower total cost of acquisition and ownership. 

Additionally, companies can save the most money in operating cost when they assess complementary technologies used with servers such as virtualization and systems management.  These can help to reduce latency, lower costs, and improve security and reliability. Uniformity of management interfaces and adoption of standards can help to simplify administrative tasks, while an innovative framework design shared across volume servers provides density, efficiency, and economy for modern data centers.  

Increased business agility-With enterprise data growing and demand for computing resources increasing, companies need to be sure their cloud and data centre solutions can scale up cost-effectively and also helps provide the flexibility to meet changing demand, thereby enabling the business to be agile.  Any new server bought has to help provide incredible flexibility and scale for both cloud and IT infrastructure requirements. 

Security without compromise-Organisations, rightly, are increasingly security conscious; at the same time they don't want security measures slowing down the computing performance of their applications and database.  Look for servers with advanced features, for example, on-chip cryptographic acceleration.  Things like this mean the customers no longer need to deploy specialized encryption devices or use precious processor compute cycles to make sure their applications are secure.  

In summary, it is essential that companies select the right infrastructure that can help provide them the ability to run business applications faster, make them perform better, and gain faster outputs, all for less cost and lower risk. The right infrastructure can help companies transform and innovate.  The result can help organisation to become more agile and be able to focus on more strategic innovation or transformation projects, rather than worrying about "keeping the lights on." 

Ron Goh is Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Systems, Oracle.


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