Consolidation to a Single Vendor: Knowing When To Rationalize

August 28, 2019 9:24 am Published by

Earlier this month, a study conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) evaluating the workload automation landscape found that 60 percent of the organizations surveyed use more than one scheduler. Of these companies, EMA found that 88 percent are planning to rationalize their workload environments to a single product. What is sparking this widespread need for consolidation?

Companies may be ready for the clarity that rationalization provides if they cannot determine any potential downstream impacts of major or minor changes, making it challenging to proceed with any changes or improvements to their system. Schedulers may be working in isolation, making it hard to determine when jobs within one system will impact or interact with another. Additionally, companies may be fed up with their own home-grown solutions that just aren’t properly addressing their needs anymore.

Risk vs. Reward

However, while interest in rationalization is peaking, most companies are also concerned that a consolidation process will put them at risk for errors and costly SLA violations during the transition. For them, the reward of single-vendor operations may be greater than the potential risks. The risk of consolidation is great when it comes to potential downstream dependency impacts, but the reward of rationalization done right is a vast improvement in the reliability and performance of mission-critical workload processes, not to mention the ease of organization and visualization when everything is managed on one scheduler. 

It is a daunting task to consolidate tens of thousands of jobs from multiple vendors, but this can become less of a risk and more of an opportunity with the right software to ease this transition. More specifically, workloads need to be optimized and tested before migrating to a new scheduler. For this, look no further than Terma’s solutions. 

Terma is Here to Help Consolidate Your Workload Environment

Terma Software’s intelligent, analytics-driven platform provides single-pane-of-glass visualization across schedulers and platforms to ensure that no processes are disrupted during a rationalization transition. Terma allows customers to model and test their workloads to understand how they will perform and operate before moving into the new scheduler, which is a crucial step in lowering risk, as it is important to understand the impact on workloads currently running in the target scheduler before moving additional workloads into the production environment.

Terma’s products also mitigate risks and lower costs by allowing companies to take a phased approach. Because a workload and all of its dependencies cannot always be moved as a whole, Terma gives customers the ability to move partial workloads while keeping the dependency in place across both systems and monitoring it. Additionally, Terma’s products automatically discover and model dependencies between platforms, making it less stressful to migrate platforms. By managing both schedulers and seeing each workload as it moves from one scheduler to another, our solution is primed to lower an enterprise’s risk and costs during this process. 

With TermaANALYTICS, business leaders, operators, and developers alike can enjoy comprehensive insights into their workload environments, preventing problems and lowering costs. Contact us to learn more about how Terma can strengthen your enterprise.

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This post was written by Chris Deardorf

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