For example, it is very simple because all services come from one source. In addition, the companies in question expect high compatibility between the individual systems and high-quality maintenance that minimizes the risk of system failure.
However, these advantages also have considerable disadvantages. In particular, the costs are usually considerable. This already starts with the purchase. If a company limits itself to only one brand, it is difficult to compare different possibilities with each other. For example, it is not possible to select the cheapest device for each individual application, but only to compare the total costs. In addition, it is not always necessary to use virgin material. Used devices often also offer a performance that is completely sufficient for the corresponding tasks. Finally, it is possible to rely on a manufacturer-independent provider for maintenance. This, too, is usually associated with significant cost savings.
The survey, published by Dimensional Research in January 2016, focused on how often companies deviate from traditional data center equipment patterns. The authors interviewed 507 people who make decisions about data center equipment and maintenance in various companies around the world. The study concluded that 92 percent of the companies are breaking new ground in at least one of these areas.