There are two certainties in computing. First, the volume of data you hold will continue to grow exponentially. Second, your business will need to put that data to work to increase efficiency, develop new products and services, better serve your customers and strengthen profits.
For Solaris workloads, this will require new levels of scalability and flexibility, reliability and manageability and high performance. And this is where Fujitsu SPARC M10 and M12 servers can assist.
Features like the SPARC XII processor, Software on Chip architecture and a modular design will help businesses achieve more. But more than simply replacing existing hardware, M10 and M12 servers also offer opportunities to consolidate your Solaris workloads – but why would you want to?
1. Reduce running costs
Put simply, fewer machines means lower running costs. More efficient processor architecture means you can achieve more – and reduce power and cooling requirements. A smaller IT estate is also simpler to manage, requiring less intervention and support, freeing your engineers to focus on other strategic projects – or to reduce headcount if appropriate.
2. Reduce licensing costs
Every server requires a license of some kind – usually several – for OS, software and various client access rights. It makes sense that fewer servers, require fewer licenses, incurring fewer costs. Even if your new Fujitsu SPARC servers require additional per-core licensing, fewer physical machines are still easier to manage. This will make it far easier to ensure you have the correct level of coverage and avoid over/underspend – and to avoid fines for non-compliance.
3. Maximise ROI
Reducing operating, management and licensing costs all help to lower the total cost of ownership of consolidated Fujitsu SPARC servers. Which leaves plenty of potential to maximise return on investment moving forwards.
4. Maximise resource use
Consolidating servers encourages architecture design that maximises the use of available resources – and ROI. Carefully balancing workloads delivers superior performance and avoids unnecessary upgrades by using what you already have available in your Fujitsu SPARC servers – Oracle Solaris Zones are designed specifically for this purpose.
5. Simplify upgrade planning
Fujitsu M12 and M10 servers are specifically designed to be modular. As your Solaris data estate and processing needs grow, you can connect more SPARC servers to add additional capacity quickly and easily. This ‘building block’ approach to infrastructure offers a clear upgrade path for the future. And because the technology is already familiar, there’s no need to retrain – your engineers and developers will be able to hit the ground running.
Shrink to grow
Consolidating Solaris workloads with Fujitsu SPARC servers allows you to shrink your Solaris data centre footprint and grow your computing capabilities. We’ve outlined five good reasons to consider Fujitsu M12 and 10 servers here – but others may apply to your business – drop us a line to find out more.