Data Center Consolidation Reduces Costs and Improves Performance

September, 2007


This article investigates the benefits of data center consolidation and provides recommendations based on our findings. Based on our survey of over 200 IT organizations, we find that organizations with single data centers generally spend less per user than organizations with multiple data centers. We report adoption rates for data center consolidation by size of organization. We also provide a summary of the return on investment (ROI) experienced by organizations undergoing data center consolidation as well as their experiences with actual consolidation costs versus budgets. Our analysis concludes with guidelines for best practices that mitigate risk in the consolidation effort. (5 pp., 4 figs.)
[Executive Summary]