At 3,000 full-time day undergraduates, Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) is what Greg Flanik, its chief information officer, considers “a midsized small school.” Yet one day he walked into the university’s data center and saw an astounding 75 servers humming along.
“We were talking about upgrading one system because we were running out of storage and needed more processing power and more memory,” he says. “I’m standing in the room and looking at all these other machines, and I said, ‘What are these things doing? This stuff is sitting here.’ It seems like every vendor wants their application to have its own system to run on. We said, ‘What an incredible waste. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get all these machines and consolidate them into a smaller footprint?’”