Blogger: Marcus Collins
The ever-changing business environment is forcing organizations to continually reevaluate their existing IT landscape. Consolidation is one approach that many organizations are adopting to improve efficiency. Databases are a major component of the operational IT budget both in terms of manpower (e.g., database administrators or system administrators) and hardware (e.g., database servers). Therefore, the consolidation of databases and database servers is a priority for CIOs. But databases are also core to the business processes and informational needs of the enterprise, so consolidation should be approached in a methodical way. Therefore, organizations should adopt a more structured approach when undertaking database consolidation to assist with the analysis phase of the initiative.
Database consolidation should not be thought of as a purely technical activity concerned with database migrations or virtualizing database servers. There are a number of other factors that should be considered as the consolidation activity is planned:
In a recently published document - Structured Approach to Database Consolidation, Burton Group Senior Analyst Marcus Collins explores the various approaches to database consolidation. Each approach has its benefits and drawbacks and the document details theses. Adopting the approaches outlined in the document will allow organizations to develop a roadmap for the successful reduction in operational complexity.