November - 2015 - issue > CXO Insights

Engineered Systems Help Simplify IT, Power Innovation

By Mitesh Agarwal, Vice President - Sales Consulting & CTO, Oracle India
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
By Mitesh Agarwal, Vice President - Sales Consulting & CTO, Oracle India
With the IT environments getting more complex, the technology infrastructure market is undergoing a shift towards integrated systems. In addition to the growing need for simplifying IT complexity, lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and enhanced security are factors driving this trend. Single-stack solutions like Oracle's Engineered Systems are expected to be an overriding trend for the IT industry in 2015.

According to IDC there are two market segments for integrated systems – Integrated Infrastructure and Integrated platforms. Integrated infrastructure is the bundling together of hardware by multiple vendors. These players are trying to solve the complexity of hardware by combining storage, servers, network etc. into one unit. Examples include VCE, a joint venture between EMC, Cisco and VMware, which produces the Vblock solutions and the Cisco and NetApp product called the FlexPod.

Integrated platforms like Oracle's engineered systems on the other hand combine hardware and software for a targeted functionality whether it is to manage big data, power cloud or consolidate databases. Enterprises are realizing that consolidating workloads from multiple machines onto a single, engineered system works faster; is less expensive and just makes good business sense. When they compare price/ performance numbers with multivendor solutions – solutions that they have to buy, build, integrate, and test on their own – it's evident that engineered systems offer lower TCO and better performance, business results and RoI.

Older platforms that combine discrete hardware and software technologies also face scalability and reliability challenges when running customized, dynamic business processes, particularly in the face of disruptive trends such as cloud computing and mobile technology. These platforms are often heavily customized, so over time they become difficult to support and upgrade.

Traditional application platforms also leave IT managers wrestling with utilization and management issues caused by too many application instances running in myriad data centres, makes it difficult to satisfy IT mandates to cut infrastructure costs and complexity. Faster time to production is achieved by implementing pre-engineered and pre-assembled hardware and software bundles. Single-vendor stack also simplifies and reduces the costs associated with purchasing, deploying, and supporting IT environments.

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