When it comes to an ideal enterprise platform, you have a long wish list:

  • You want to build a seamless data centre with the best performance and security at the lower operational cost
  • You want to drive better insights and management to secure your system
  • You want to define gaps and forecast trends to prevent outages and decrease downtime
  • You want to extend your current workloads to the clouds

The list can go on and on; however, something has been holding you back from upgrading to IBM POWER8. Maybe it is the fear of a lengthy and painful migration; maybe it is an uncertainty about whether you have the required IT skill sets; or maybe it is simply because you don’t know where to start.

The following checklist provides you with a guideline to confirm that your infrastructure strategy is correctly tuned to your needs, avoiding potential cost overruns or capability shortfalls.

Determine current and future capacity requirements

Bring your team together, assess your current application workload requirements and your three to five-year outlook. Are you giving up some business applications because you aren’t running on the latest technology? Is your current infrastructure able to support more cognitive applications for insights that can transform your organization?

Determine current and future application requirements, especially around Big Data and Analytics

In this data-driven world, you need the ability to understand vast quantities of unstructured information and use it to drive smarter, faster decision-making. As more cognitive applications become available, ensure your infrastructure can support them. At the same time, you also need to ensure your transactional systems are as fast and reliable as possible to support your always-on business.

Create a detailed inventory of servers across your entire IT infrastructure

Chances are your organization has single-application/single–purpose or under-utilized servers in the data centre. With the superior I/O bandwidth and performance in POWER8, you can consolidate more virtual servers on fewer physical server platforms. The direct benefits of higher consolidation include reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the system investment and also the running cost of data centre floor space, as well as power and cooling expenses. The POWER TCO estimator will help you see the compelling financial benefits.

Identify all dependencies for major database platforms, including Oracle, DB2, SAP HANA, and open-source databases like EnterpriseDB, MongoDB, Neo4j, and Redis

Databases that leverage open source technology to support high transactional volumes are maximized to run best at an optimal cost on Power System servers. By co-locating your current servers, you’ll reduce expenditure, increase flexibility, stop server sprawl, and finally be able to shift your focus to innovation.

Test your HA/DR strategy and determine whether it meets all corporate and government regulations

Can you afford to put your business at risk of an outage? Don’t find out there’s a problem with your HA/DR plan the hard way: after the fact. Be prepared to implement a system failover strategy when it counts.

Understand current and future data centre environment requirements

You may be unnecessarily overspending on power, cooling, and space. Savings here will help your organization avoid costs associated with data centre expansion.

Ensure your investment aligns with your cloud strategy

As you move to the cloud, ensure you have a strong strategy to determine which applications can be moved off-premises. Choose the core platform that offers the most choice, flexibility, and fastest route to the cloud at the lowest cost.

Whether your priorities are performance, flexibility, scalability, openness, security or cost-efficiency, IBM POWER8 covers every base. Contact us today to get a detailed cost analysis for upgrading to POWER8 with Blair’s Managed Services.