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IDC: The Business Value of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure Solutions

White Paper Published By: Cisco
Published:  Sep 08, 2016
Type:  White Paper

Enterprises are leveraging advancements in what IDC calls 3rd Platform technologies cloud, Big Data, mobility, and social to create new business opportunities and gain competitive advantage. These trends are putting more pressure on IT organizations to transform their datacenter operations to better support business initiatives aimed at reducing costs, increasing revenue, and strengthening customer relationships. This has driven increased demand for converged or integrated systems that provide the tools needed to reduce capital costs, improve operational efficiencies and, ultimately, increase agility within the datacenter.

IDC interviewed multiple organizations running a variety of workloads based on Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions to understand the impact on their datacenter costs, IT staff, and business operations. IDCs research shows that these organizations are benefiting from making their IT operations more cost effective, efficient, and agile with their Cisco UCS platforms. Based on these interviews, IDC projects that these organizations will achieve an average five-year return on investment (ROI) of 483% and break even on their investment in seven months by:

  • Spending less on datacenter hardware and associated operating costs
  • Enabling IT staff efficiencies and freeing up IT staff time for higher-value activities
  • Reducing the impact of unplanned systems and application outages on users and business operations
  • Supporting business operations with the needed levels of IT agility, flexibility, and performance