It’s Time to Refresh Your Data Center

Take the Modern Approach to Servers with Cisco® and Intel®

Justin Zuill
Data Center

Want to discover the health of your data center infrastructure in a single question? Call someone in IT and ask, “How old is our server?” Seems simple enough, right? But be ready to be asked which server you’re specifically asking about. Applications, storage, email – you may have several assigned to just as many tasks. And that’s part of the problem.

Upgrades are a continuous process. And with the economic challenges organizations are facing, many have adopted the motto “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That means in the dark confines of your server closet, sitting on a long-ago forgotten rack, a chunky old server from 1999 might be chugging away and costing you big. But there is a better way.

In the end, it’s not a question of speed – necessarily – it’s a question of process. Technology has evolved significantly in the last couple of years, and with it the way business is done. Power supplies, processors, ram, even the fans have evolved – all for the better. Think of it like this: You can’t expect a rotary phone to text so you can’t expect a server six – or even four – years old to keep up with your demands. Well, not without causing a lot of frustration, down time, and costs in both productivity and upkeep.

Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS®) with intelligent Intel® Xeon® processors is revolutionizing the way businesses store and access information. Recently, Cisco introduced support for the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family for the Cisco UCS B200 M3, C240 M3, and C220 M3 servers. As a result, Cisco UCS captured seven new world records for industry benchmarks, including Oracle E-Business Suite Applications and VMware View Planner Benchmark for desktop virtualization performance.

But what does all of this mean for you? Well, for one, it brings your data center back to the modern age.

And in this case, being modern means saving big! For instance, a business can replace 17 aging servers with just one new Cisco server with upgrades to Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 data management software. This offers the same performance level as before, but offers the addition of a potential reduction in annual energy costs of up to 90% – paying back the cost of the new server within
3 months. That’s huge! And it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget to factor in increased productivity, decreased maintenance and downtime, faster and more reliable backups – the list goes on. It’s really a win-win scenario.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Our Server Assessment can give you the cold, hard facts as to the health of your data center and what an upgrade can do for you.

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