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ITSM and the Scourge of Server Sprawl

In theory, IT service management should contain sprawl, limiting or preventing the spread of underutilised IT assets.

Any organisation that prides itself on being lean will recognise the contradiction in multiplying the number of half-used servers that then take up twice the space and power without twice the results.

So why do some large corporations still manage to run huge server farms for little effect and significantly increased risk of failure because all those half-used (if that) assets are also interlinked with each other?

A recent article by The Register singles out a British Airways service failure, emphasising the high number of servers required for what appears to be relatively small tasks.