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Analysts at IDC said companies that migrate earliest from expensive proprietary midrange and high-end systems to standard storage and server products will obtain the highest levels of return on investment.
Companies are already showing a growing preference for standardised technology. An IDC survey of 100 medium to large organisations showed that 83% of corporate IT buyers responding, believe that disadvantages of using standard server and storage products for midrange to high-end computing needs have been overcome.
Respondents cited lower cost of ownership, ease of use and better availability of products and services as primary benefits of using standardised products, IDC said.
Respondents indicated that proprietary midrange and high-end servers are typically expensive to purchase and support and that they are not interoperable with other servers. Respondents also said that it is difficult to support legacy applications which run on proprietary servers.
In a white paper accompanying the survey, IDC analysts John Gantz and Vernon Turner wrote, "IT standardisation evolves in levels, with each successive level opening the door for new users, driving an increase in market size, triggering new technology refinements and declining costs."
According to the analysts, the return on investment from improved standardisation increases with each new level, and those who migrate earliest to new standards obtain the highest levels of return.