While some claim that one server OS should solve all of an enterprise’s competing needs, a look inside any data center shows us that reality is very different. Nearly all businesses — by choice or necessity — support multiple platforms. Many servers run applications that are tied to a specific OS, and others may simply not justify an upgrade or replacement. Coexistence is the status quo.
Still, the majority of workloads are transportable, and building the right OS strategy can be the cornerstone of an effort to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. Rebalancing servers without disrupting existing processes requires planning, experimentation and a precise understanding of goals and resources, but if managed properly, it can provide dramatic reductions in TCO and free technical and financial resources for other projects.
In this webinar, our panel will discuss these topics:
- What are the key technological and management challenges driving costs in the data center?
- What types of applications and workloads are best and worst candidates for server migration?
- How should businesses evaluate the TCO of various platforms for different jobs?
- How can businesses choose the appropriate platform for new deployments?
- How should IT integrate short-term consolidation with a long-term migration plan?
- What are the staffing and training concerns of large-scale server migrations?
- Andrew J. Brust, founder and CEO, Blue Badge Insights
- Dan Olds, founder and principal analyst, Gabriel Consulting Group
- Janakiram MSV, principal analyst, Janakiram & Associates
- Marty Wesley, senior product marketing manager, Red Hat
Register here to join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Red Hat for “Balancing performance and cost in a hybrid server environment,” a free analyst roundtable webinar on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. PT.