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Looking for Data on Corporate IT

Thursday, August 13th 2009 | Ismael Ghalimi

Intalio recently sold Intalio|Cloud (the Managed On-Premises version) to two major customers in Japan, and we’re expecting a first deal in Singapore sometime in Q4 this year. We’re now working on our go-to-market strategy for the U.S. and EMEA, and are developing various marketing materials to support it, using this presentation as baseline. As part of this effort, we need some third-party validated data on corporate IT. Some of it might be found in analyst reports, some in white papers published by vendors, and some could be derived from verifiable anecdotal evidence. Wherever it comes from, we’re looking for it and have decided to crowd-source its gathering.

If you know the answers to the following questions, or have some time available to look for them, please share your insight with us. Each answer backed-up by proper references will get you a $25 Apple Gift Card or our infinite gratitude (you pick one). Please send answers to Michael Morel, our new Vice President of Marketing.

Question #1: What do computing and storage cost?
When including hardware, software licenses, and workforce, how much money does a typical IT department spend on computing (per GHz of CPU) and storage (per TB).

Question #2: What is the power consumption of a legacy server?
In other words, how old is the average server used in a typical corporate IT environment, and what is the power consumption of such a server? Power consumption is measured in Watts per GHz of CPU, Watts per GB of memory, Watts per TB of storage, and Watts per Gbps of bandwidth. 3 datapoints out of 4 qualify for eligibility.

Question #3: What is the total maintenance cost of a legacy server?
Looking at the same average server, how much does it cost to keep it up and running? This cost should include hardware maintenance contracts and workforce costs. The later should be calculated by dividing the fully loaded cost of a typical systems administrator by the number of legacy servers this person can manage (Cf. Question #4).

Question #4: How many servers can a systems administrator manage?
How many physical servers can a single systems administrator manage?

Question #5: How many database servers can a database administrator manage?
How many database servers can a single database administrator manage?

Question #6: How does Google compare?
How many servers does Google use to run its search engine, and how many systems administrators does it employ on a full time basis? Since such data might be difficult to gather, estimates published by reputable sources would qualify for eligibility.

Question #7: What is the utilization rate of an average server?
Over an extended period of time (a month or more), what is the average utilization rate of a server found in a typical IT environment, as measured from a pure CPU utilization standpoint.

Question #8: How do alternative stacks compare form a pricing standpoint?
Looking at slide #15 in this presentation, how much would a comparable stack cost in terms of perpetual licenses acquisition if the individual components where to be provided by IBM (not including any discount)? How much would it cost if provided by Oracle? And which components would be missing, if any?

Question #9: How much would it cost to integrate such a stack?
If using the services of a top-tier systems integration firm, how much would it cost to integrate such a stack together from components provided by IBM or Oracle in order to provide the level of automation outlined in slide #16 and the self-service provisioning outlined in slide #17. How long would such a project take?

Question #10: How can we quantify the benefits of OPEX vs. CAPEX?
How would an accountant or a CFO quantify the financial benefits of an OPEX-based (Operating Expenses) pricing model over a CAPEX-based (Capital Expenditure) pricing model? What other benefits could be outlined, if any?

Ready, Set, Go!

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1. Ric  |  August 27th, 2009 at 1:51 am

Ismael,

Having crowdsourced the research, will you publish the results you get, for the rest of us?

Thanks in advance…

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