5Infrastructure as a Supply Chain
7Data Center Convergence
HP and Cisco are among the leaders in converging server, storage, networking and management software, through their all-in-one systems, the BladeSystem Matrix and UCS (pictured), respectively. Using the Matrix, HP estimates that businesses can save about 80 percent in operational costs, realize payback in eight months and see ROI in three years of more than 300 percent.
IBM has built numerous security features into its Series z mainframes and the accompanying software apps. For example, a hardware device called a Cryptographic Coprocessor ensures that sensitive information—such as credit card information, addresses and Social Security numbers—can be accessed only by authorized users. If tampered with, the device actually self-destructs.
11Dynamic Capacity Management
Businesses can use System z mainframes as centralized databases and avoid the data replication required with distributed systems, which create further data verification challenges.