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By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2002-10-11 Print this article Print

: Helping Enterprises Cut IT Costs"> GTP joins CGE&Y, along with IBM Global Services (IGS), Accenture and other IT consulting and outsourcing firms that offer IT infrastructure consolidation services. Beninati believes GTP is unique in its depth of technology expertise and in its focus on consulting instead of outsourcing or business strategy consulting as IGS emphasizes. "This work is too technical for the likes of KPMG (now BearingPoint Inc.), Deloitte (Consulting Inc.) and the others. The engineering prowess required makes us uniquely qualified to do this," he added.
But GTP, IGS and Accenture all share a holistic approach to IT infrastructure consolidation that takes into account the impact changes will have on user productivity.
"We try to get clients to look at a singular outcome. Looking at just servers could leave money and problems on the table," said Paul Brown, director of IT architecture for IGSs Business Consulting Services unit in Philadelphia. "While we can look specifically at storage, the trend is to explore beyond that or look beyond just servers to look at disaster recovery, planning, high availability and storage. They are all connected." Tomlin agreed that consolidating servers, storage or data centers has an impact on business continuity and recovery plans and then some. "You have to take the entire picture into account. Our strategy is to understand the impact. When you close data centers, you move applications away from the end users – so whats the bandwidth impact," he said. A lot of enterprises will take on consolidation projects without the help of consultants, but many get blindsided by focusing on just one element. "GTP understands theres more to it than a one-dimensional, saving cost perspective," said Jerald Murphy, senior vice president and service director of Global Networking Strategies at META Group, Inc. in Princeton, N.J. The reality is, the right solution isnt a template. It depends on the nature of your business – who is using your system, where are they, what are they doing. All those can make a very diff strategy for consolidation," he added. The trick is to look at consolidation from a 30,000-foot architectural view, according to Brown. "If you dont, you may simplify your server archictecture by consolidating servers, but you may have added storage directly to those instead of across your enterprise. Or you may not have architected your network and data center for a need for lots of feeds," he said.


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