Why it’s smart to kick the tires of new hardware before purchase

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We all know that the best way to consider purchasing software is to do an independent review of the software to allow the business to appreciate and understand the risks of software implementation. But what about hardware? Doesn’t it make the same sense to use similar techniques to test for compatibility with your existing environment – including your existing software?

Kicking the tires of new hardware before making such a major purchase like new servers shouldn’t be something you have to convince your vendors about. Like software testing, hardware testing should:

  • meet the requirements that guided its design and development,
  • respond correctly to all kinds of inputs,
  • perform its functions within an acceptable time,
  • be sufficiently usable,
  • can be installed and run in its intended environments, and
  • achieve the general result its stakeholders desire.

With business leaders investing in transformational technologies like cloud, analytics, mobile, social, and security, the business benefits are significant. But these opportunities can only be acted upon if your infrastructure has the agility to meet these demands.

For these technologies to work seamlessly, you may have to consider upgrading hardware. And there’s a business case for making the upgrade in terms of efficiencies, which include less energy use, faster processing speeds, built-in analytics functions, and lower maintenance costs. With that said, a new system can be less expensive in the long run.

There are some very good sizing tools for assessments so you can compare hardware and systems. Assessments look at what applications you have running on and can you how your applications can run more efficiently on, for instance, IBM Power Systems. An assessment can also look at middleware and perform an SAP audit.

You’ll find out what a newer system will cost you in maintenance over time and cost of software. It’s all handed to you in a nice graphical report so you can see how the system would run in your environment before you buy and install it. You may even find out that’s its best to keep doing what you’re doing.

But there are efficiencies on the IBM Power Systems — specifically POWER8 – that can do the job better, like enabling businesses to pack more virtualized software into the server. This will translate into a smaller footprint and lower Power consumption in the data center. And because POWER8 does more virtualization in the system, it stays stable longer. These factors alone contribute to software savings.

For example, a single POWER System can run as many virtual machines as three comparable x86 servers. As a result, the systems significantly lower the cost of running Web transactions and Java workloads. One company reduced capital expenditures exponentially after acting upon an assessment from Softchoice? How much could you save in IT costs?

Author: tslHasRoot, Published: December 23, 2015

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