What (Still) Keeps CIOs Awake At Night?
Last year, I wrote about the Information Technology (IT) related issues that keep the many CIOs I have met around the world awake at night. With 2010 behind us now, I thought it might be interesting to reflect on how IBM System Networking addressed for the issues/ pain points our customers spoke about.
1. An increasing reliance in IT to support the growing needs of the business has made scalability a major concern for CIOs. How do you scale the IT infrastructure in a cost effective manner to keep pace with the growing demands of the business? In 2010, CIOs saw dramatic increases in I/O driven by virtualization, high performance computing, video and other bandwidth-intensive uses and frequently chose IBM System Networking’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches to keep pace with this growth. IBM System Networking also delivered a single-chip 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch to bring terabit scale to the data center network.
2. More physical IT infrastructure is impacting data center space, power and cooling. This raises concerns about density – being able to pack more compute and storage capacity per square foot of raised floor so as to get the maximum return on data center building infrastructure. IBM System Networking introduced top-of-rack switches such as our IBM BNT RackSwitch G8052 and IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264 to enable the enterprises to build very high-density data center networks with four main characteristics – low latency, lossless, low cost, and low power.
3. With so much capital being invested in IT infrastructure, the question of maximizing utilization of this infrastructure is also top-of-mind. In the airline business they call this “yield management.” In the hospitality business, they call it “occupancy rates.” Innovations such as IBM System Networking’s VMready with Virtual Vision ensure that customers can virtualize their server infrastructure while maximizing virtual machine security, high availability, and mobility.
5. An increasing amount of sensitive information about businesses (customer and supplier information, costs and prices, contracts, sensitive intellectual property information, etc.), is going online. Protecting such information from getting in the wrong hands is of paramount importance and so security is very high on the CIO’s agenda. Security is increasingly required as an “embedded” characteristic of data center networks. IBM System Networking iFlow Director software enables the creation of wire-speed network security infrastructure and is rapidly gaining momentum in the market place.
6. And finally, more now than ever before, customers are very sensitive to total cost of ownership (TCO) of their IT infrastructure. IBM System Networking delivers a better end-to-end TCO to its customers that encompasses the compute, storage, and network elements of the IT infrastructure. Do a quick calculation on your cost & power savings with our TCO calculator.
I believe our industry indeed made significant progress in 2010 in helping CIOs address the issues that keep them awake at night. And, I am proud that IBM System Networking continues to play a key role in addressing these critical pain points.