Shared Server and Storage Infrastructure

Sixty-six percent of state and local government respondents to a Center for Digital Government survey anticipate data growth to be between 10 and 40 percent in the next year, and much of that data is generated from the Windows application environment. Windows applications, and the data they generate, are mission critical to the government enterprise, but have traditionally required a vast infrastructure of server and storage hardware that can be difficult to manage. One solution gaining ground is the consolidation and virtualization of existing Windows application environments. This issue brief discusses the challenges of the traditional Windows application server and storage environment and explains how consolidating storage and virtualizing servers can improve IT efficiency, cut costs and help governments more easily meet their business demands.