IT operating budgets continue to stagnate or shrink, decisions makers in the IT world are looking at independent IT dealers as a way to cut both investment and maintenance costs. They’re continuing to find that OEM solutions, while robust, are often cumbersome and expensive. But, as purchasers and managers begin to survey the independent IT dealer market, their commitment to third party or alternative vendors can begin to waver. Letting go of brand loyalties can be difficult, even if you know that it is holding your organization back. There are excellent alternatives for the more expensive brands including: IBM, HP, Sun, SGi, Cisco equipment and others.
If you’re like most CTOs ans CIOs in the US right now, you’re either facing the stark reality of legacy equipment that could well be reaching the end of useful life, or the reality of hardware that will not be capable of supporting the increasing IT demands your organization is facing. According to Forrester, this happens when your current system performance drops below 50% of current mainstream components.