Almost universally, organizations have spent the last few decades increasing their use of IT to support business operations. More business applications. More enterprise e-mail capabilities. More automation. More access to data and the Internet, both inside and outside the office.
To keep up with increasing business demands and emerging technologies, many organizations added additional capacity - often finding themselves laden with complex, sprawling IT infrastructures. Management costs increased while server utilization rates fell. Meanwhile, mergers and acquisitions contributed to the complexity.
Little by little, organizations are regaining control over their server infrastructures, realizing that the complexity can make it difficult to adapt to changing business conditions. They are aiming to simplify and optimize their computing environments in order to: