In infrastructure management, the traditional practice has been to deploy IT resources in isolated fashions to keep pace with the growth of business applications and the mountains of data generated. Each set of resources was dedicated to one particular computing technology or application and could not be adjusted to support varying usage loads.
This style led to high operations costs, reducing productivity, and zero agility. Not surprisingly, according to a 2009 InformationWeek survey, maintenance and operations comprised two-thirds of an average IT budget, with only about a third of the budget left for new IT initiatives. This ratio hardly supported new business initiatives or responded to real application demands. Continue reading