With the proliferation of converged systems comes infrastructure and management tool consolidation. The motivations for this consolidation stem from the need to reduce operational management staff and management software product costs (i.e., support and maintenance, manual tasks, and training). Organizations also seek to reduce operational complexity and cost by rationalizing applications as well as increase resource utilization due to higher virtualization densities. IDC believes that in the longer run, the vendors that will gain material converged systems market share advantage will be those that seamlessly integrate management automation, monitoring, and optimization functions within the converged systems stack.
The following questions were posed by HP to Jed Scaramella, research director for IDC's Enterprise Platforms and Datacenter Trends practice, on behalf of HP's customers.