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Open source systems management

There are now multiple open source systems management tools to choose from, including some strong players.

Many very large environments, especially telcos, already use a hybridisation (some would say hodge-podge) of open source and low cost tools to manage their availability. The model works.

Potential downsides are:

storage analysis

Implementing storage analysis tools that identify who is using storage and what for allows management by ritual humiliation.

Virtualisation of servers

The growing volume of servers, applications and operating systems in today’s data centres creates huge costs.

Harvesting unused licenses

One software investment that very often has a ROI in even quite small organisations is software asset management in general or software usage metering in particular.

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