According to new research from Brocade, more than three-quarters of businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are looking to consolidate their existing IT infrastructure in the next 12 months. Also mentioned in this news report on The Register, 70 percent of respondents stated their existing servers, 56 percent are considering storage and 49 percent stated their networks.
“The idea is that convergence onto a single network platform will simplify networking infrastructure complexity, reduce its acquisition and operational costs, and increase efficiency.
“There is a parallel move to converge IT stacks; storage, server hardware and system software, and networking, onto an integrated set of components purchasable as an entity from a single supplier, with Cisco, HP, IBM and Dell, all making moves as server vendors to have a converged IT stack offering. The system software includes both operating system and hypervisors, and vendors talk about a
virtualized data center as being the destination of such convergence.”