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Workload Asset Management WhitePaper

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1 Why a Workload Asset Management discipline is needed - Complexity The optionality of where workloads are placed has added a layer of complexity to the computing infrastructure. Choices now range beyond the traditional data center and include colocation, public and private clouds, Edge computing, Software as a Service, and even IoT devices. Each of the choices has its characteristics around cost, performance, flexibility, reliability, and available technology. A Workload Asset Management discipline ensures that you are exploiting the advantage of each characteristic for each workload. Virtualized and containerized applications continue to grow in the enterprise-computing infrastructure. The challenge up to now has been that there is no heterogeneous management solution - creating silos of disparate workload. Workload Asset Management works as a Manager of Managers across workload containers allowing IT and infrastructure teams to manage this complexity based on the needs of each application's workload requirements. WHITE PAPER More demanding SLAs Competitiveness, regulatory compliance, and customer demand top the list of why organizational leaders demand higher levels of performance from their computing infrastructure and technology stack. Performance of IoT and other customer demand workloads are requiring Edge-based computing to ensure response times. Regulatory requirements demand both customer access and auditable control/protection of data and the workload assets that support it. Technology is advancing beyond Moore's Law, consumers' patterns are changing, so keeping ahead of the competition requires flexibility, responsiveness, and the ability to optimize workloads rapidly. Understanding the cost, performance, and risk factors of the hybrid computing environment is a critical discipline in Workload Asset Management. Unused/unexploited resources 20% seems to be a magic number, a scary one when it comes to technology waste. IT managers who have implemented Data Center Infrastructure Management software (DCIM) consistently find 20% of floor/rack-space is wasted or unused. DCIM solution deployments discover as much as 20% of wasted power and cooling is being consumed by the zombie or unused servers. Organizations that implement a Technology Asset Management solution Workload Asset Management Optimize for Performance, Resiliency, and Continuity DEFINITION: A workload is the computational output of an application based on data and user request.

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