KUALA LUMPUR, 1 AUGUST 2010 By increasing server virtualisation by between 70 to 80 per cent, Malaysian retailer Mydin Holdings has achieved significant cost savings and business efficiency, according to technology solutions provider Dell Malaysia.
Dell Malaysia enterprise director, enterprise systems group, Raymond Victor, said the Mydin virtualisation project was an example of how companies could immediately realise cost savings with the reduction of software licences as well as the reduced need for power and cooling.
In addition, virtualisation increases server utilisation without impacting reliability so companies need less hardware to do more work transforming the work of one server into that of many, said Victor.
[This] helps companies reduce the cost of hardware, space to store that hardware, power and cooling costs and environmental impacts associated with excessive energy use, he said.
Another example is that within Dell, we expect to save more than US$100 million over the course of just two years as a result of virtualising and consolidating our servers, said Victor.
The virtual era
Customers in the Virtual Era' want IT solutions that drive efficiency, rapidly deliver business value and drive innovation without locking organisations into any proprietary technology, said Victor.
Dell has pre-integrated the product hardware and systems management capabilities critical to deploying and running various data centre elements as a holistic solution, he said. This approach is designed to deliver significant efficiencies in both opex [operating expenditure] and capex [capital expenditure] and deliver on Dell's mission to reduce budget devoted to maintaining the status quo and increasing investment in innovative projects.
Victor said customers could streamline data centre operations with a combination of next-generation storage platforms and intelligent infrastructure compute models. Solutions to achieve this include the new Dell EqualLogic storage products, Dell PowerConnect networking solutions, and Dell PowerEdge blade servers, which are all built on industry-standards, plus new Dell's storage, virtualisation and support services.
Organisations benefit from Dell's approach to open, capable and affordable technologies that preserve choice and free up budgets for innovation and today we are introducing several new product and solution offerings to reinforce that direction, said Victor.
Analyst firm IDC group vice president, server platforms, Matt Eastwood, said: Dell continues to reinvent itself and stress the importance of open, capable and affordable IT products and services. Their vision is clean, understandable and believable and IDC expects that it will resonate well in the market as customers evaluate their IT infrastructure options in the months to come.
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