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June 02, 2011

IDC Announces Data Set and Tool to Empower IT Managers

International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced a unique data set and tool that empowers IT managers to assess the performance quotient of an installed base of servers within a datacenter and compare that with alternative solutions using a common set of performance metrics.

IDC (News - Alert) Qualified Performance Indicator (QPI) is one of the core outputs of this data. Company officials said that it provides a server’s relative performance versus other servers.

In today’s economy, end users, value added resellers (VARs), IT services companies, and server vendors have to develop and deploy new technology in order to keep up with the increasing and unexpected demands of new applications that can stress a company's processing potential.

Additionally, datacenter managers are expected to migrate and consolidate their infrastructures over the next several years. In addition, they will have to incorporate some level of Cloud services throughout their IT support infrastructure. Company officials said that choosing the right servers or mix between physical, virtualized, and Cloud servers can be complicated.

The new Server Decision Suite and QPI metrics will enable IDC to assist various parties to compare and analyze server technologies and associated services, said Brian Clarke, vice president at Pricing Evaluation Services.

“This includes an extensive product database containing a wide range of pricing, feature, environmental, and performance information, for over 20,000 server configurations spanning the last 15 years,” Clarke said.

IDC’s system performance methodology combines system configurations and industry-recognized benchmark results into a model of relative and normalized server performance indicators. The tool is dubbed QPI-Engine.

For current and legacy servers from major system vendors, this tool uses hardware characteristics such as server architectures, processor chips, cores and main memory, and also results from selected standard benchmarks to generate QPI, said company officials.

The company’s methodology, according to company officials, can be leveraged by IT buyers, IT vendors, and business partners. It’ll help them make more informed decisions, and help justify data center consolidation, virtualization, and outsourcing.

Moreover, IDC’s QPI metric can be used in pricing algorithms for Cloud services, internal IT consumption charge back mechanisms, and vendor-to-vendor comparisons for server acquisition decisions.

IDC is a global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

Recently, IDC’s new survey findings reported that scan volume continues to rise with most business processes, growing scan volumes by 17-29 percent in 2010 and an additional 17-20 percent in 2011.


Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
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