IDC’s Enterprise Datacenter Conference 2007 Highlights Importance of Increased Productivity, Green IT, and Change Management

LONDON – MAY 24, 2007 – CIOs are increasingly focusing on business alignment in their IT strategies, according to the opening address of Chris Ingle, IDC's consulting and research director, European Systems Group, at IDC's Enterprise Datacenter conference 2007. There has been a measurable change in behavior between 2004 and 2006, with people looking less at cost reduction and more at how IT can be made more responsive to the needs of the business. Ingle said, "In datacenters 67% of money is spent on the people managing the systems. The big question therefore is how do we make those people more productive?"

One area identified by IT directors is consolidation. Consolidation of servers, storage infrastructure, and database and applications is high on people's agenda. The conference speakers identified a range of systems from blades to high-end systems as being suitable tools for this consolidation. The common theme is virtualization, and conference delegates and speakers discussed various technologies and services used to virtualize different parts of their infrastructure.

Ingle also stressed the importance of looking more at people and not just technology. "How we manage change is becoming increasingly important when thinking of managing a virtual environment," he said, adding that the question of internal resources and the political aspects of an IT department within an organization would also determine attitudes to change management.

The emerging issue for many businesses is how they manage the power consumed by their datacenters. As Ingle noted, "Power consumption is important as many IT departments are starting to feel pressure to reduce the cost and quantity of power consumed. However, the current challenge is in power provisioning and floor space, as many datacenters do not possess the infrastructure needed to deal with new infrastructure requirements."

IDC's annual Enterprise Datacenter conference, which took place in London on May 17, 2007, brought together a record level of attendees, comprised of almost 130 senior IT decision makers in addition to high-profile vendors, including AMD, Fujitsu Siemens, IBM, Kavanagh, Novell, Oracle, HP, Unisys, COLT, Interxion, Sun Microsystems, Opsware Inc., BladeLogic, Newdatum Consulting, Plasmon, Rackable Systems, TelecityRedbus, and Virtual Iron.

Issues discussed at the conference included:

Addressing business continuity challenges in complex datacenter environments.

Reducing datacenter complexity and cost with next-generation virtualization technologies and energy-efficient platforms.

Building the dynamic datacenter based on different virtualization solutions.

Transforming IT – delivering business advantage through virtualization, compliance, and convergence.

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