Improving IT administrator-to-server ratios is not just an outcome of server consolidation--server automation suites are gaining converts and become more affordable for smaller companies. Server automation can include capabilities ranging from bare metal imaging, configuration management and software distribution to security assessment, multi-step process management and rapid recovery from faults. *>
Altiris, for example, which began with desktop management, recently introduced a new server lifecycle management suite starting at an aggressive price of less that $300 per server. The software can provision Windows and Linux systems, and the company has alliances with Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM.