AIX Tip of the Week

AIX Tip of the Week: Server Consolidation Financial Justification

Audience: Finance, IT Managers, Systems Administrators

Date: August 6, 1999

Server consolidation is a major driving force in the IT industry. Server consolidation involves many considerations, including business needs, organizational boundaries, technical capabilities and financial benefits. This tip addresses the financial benefits, which can be estimated using the attached Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet was developed outside of IBM and is "server neutral." Some of the conclusions from using this tool using RS/6000 servers are:

If consolidation is financially justifiable, the next step would be to address the organizational and technical considerations. Next weeks tip will cover some of the technology issues, and how a new function in AIX 4.3.3 facilitates consolidation.. (For a detailed server consolidation analysis, IBM uses an internally developed "ALIGN" methodology. Contact your local IBM representative for more information.)

Download server consolidation spreadsheet