“Wikibon found that the Intelligent Rack contributes about 70% of the benefit, for less than 6% additional cost (hardware and implementation cost). This makes the installation of Intelligent Racks as a standard for the data center a “no brainer” decision – it is cost-justified even if only 10% of the equipment in the rack can take full advantage of the environments.”
As a result in a typical enterprise with $1 Billion in revenues and an IT budget of $30M, and 40 racks in its data center, upgrading to intelligent racks over four years would cost $85,000 per year and provide annual benefits of about $300,000. At this relatively slow replacement rate, the ROA analysis shows that the Net Present Value of the investment would still be a reduction of $1.8 million dollars (on a total IT spend of $30 million dollars per year).
The report states that, only the HP version identifies physical assets in a simple way and provides a framework for improved asset management, power management, equipment management and utilization, and software management. HP’s solution was WIkibon’s recommendation as best-in-class at the time the report was created.
Here is a video about the Gen8 servers: