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Mini Poll When talking about managing the server environment, we hear all kinds of words bandied around to suggest how organisations might benefit from enhanced levels of flexibility, adaptability, agility, you name it. But resource allocation, that is, how well existing or new server capacity meets new or changing requirements, is where the rubber hits the road,

We're trying to get our heads round this - in terms of what's the pervading approach right now and also how you feel your capabilities might be improved, either from a technical or non-technical perspective. The bottom line is, are we actually moving towards a more dynamic server world, or will we be forever held back due to inadequate technologies or indeed company politics?

It should take a couple of minutes to fill in our short poll, and we'll feed back the results to you by the end of the week.

READER POLL

1. How do you allocate server resources to respond to new or changing requirements?

  Often Sometimes Rarely I wish!
We allocate resources as required from our server pool (we typically have spare capacity)
We use the pool where possible but buy new kit for the pool as required
We acquire dedicated kit

2. What might help you improve your capabilities in this area? (tick all that apply)

Better capacity planning
Broader adoption of server virtualisation
Better management tools
Better communication between groups
More flexible IT budget structures
Less 'political' interference
More flexible software licensing terms
Other (please state)

3. What have we missed?

 

4. How many employees are there in your organisation?

More than 5,000
1,000 to 5,000
250 to 1,000
50 to 250
10 to 50
Less than 10

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