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Balancing Business Complexity With Smarter Systems

Competing takes equal parts growth and restraint

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Balancing Business Complexity
 

In today’s quick-paced business environment, one misstep can have serious consequences, resulting in a fine line between success and failure. When business expands, IT complexity grows in step with opportunities. That’s why IBM designs systems optimized for the specific tasks or workloads that drive your business, delivering the right balance between increased IT performance and lower costs.

Workload-optimized systems are built with a purpose in mind to deliver the best possible performance for the task at hand. IBM’s approach is to deliver smarter systems that are integrated from the processor to the application. IBM also balances that performance with costs in packaged solutions that ensure faster time to value and greater price performance.

Today’s businesses are more complex and interconnected than ever, and the infrastructure supporting them is becoming more instrumented and intelligent, says Peter McCaffrey, director of marketing, IBM Systems and Technology Group. To achieve the business performance now required, systems must be designed and optimized for emerging workloads.

Data Management

With the ever-growing amount of data requiring processing and the velocity at which it arrives, the need for faster handling of transactions and information becomes critical. Organizations must balance embracing the scale of information entering the IT environment against adding complexity, McCaffrey says.

“This explosion of data and is creating the opportunity for greater insight—provided that data can be harnessed in a time frame that matters to the business,” he adds.

IBM System Storage* offerings are optimized and designed to allow for that scale but be easy enough to use that staff can support the volume of data without unneeded complexity. Storage systems range from multigigabyte to thousands of terabytes. Additionally, the management software is designed to simplify and automate many key deployment, maintenance and recovery tasks.

Data growth concerns can be addressed in part through smarter data management, McCaffrey says. Most companies have a lot of duplicate data. For example, if you receive an attachment, forward it to others, and save copies in your e-mail database and on your hard drive, the same file lives in many places. This duplication consumes space but adds little value. Smart data management would mean backing up only one copy of that attachment. IBM’s deduplication technology can accomplish that.

Natalie Boike is a former IBM Systems Magazine managing editor.



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Competing takes equal parts growth and restraint

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