Articles focusing on the optimization of IT operations are typically replete with buzz-words and tend to focus on abstract business-related topics that commonly feel like they’re better suited to bean-counters than IT pros.

The problem, however, is that when IT departments don’t implement a concrete strategy for ensuring efficiency, it’s entirely too easy to get bogged down in expensive, tedious, day-to-day troubleshooting tasks and operations that can negatively impact morale, decrease end-user productivity, and stymie overall business agility and efficiency.

To address this IT dilemma, there’s been a significant push within enterprise IT circles within recent years towards more comprehensive management solutions—as a means of allowing administrative actions and efforts to scale better. And while a number of compelling manageability solutions are available today as a means to help IT departments transition to a more strategic approach to systems administration, one of the most powerful examples of a solution that facilitates strategic management is Cisco’s Unified Computing platform – which blends storage, compute, virtualization, and unified fabric management into a single, cohesive, whole that not only enables easier management but which also ensures better overall throughput, performance, and agility.

Read this Essential Guide to learn some of the ways in which IT shops today can benefit from the increased control, manageability, performance, and cost-benefits afforded by a more strategic, and synergistic, approach to systems management by means of using smarter infrastructure and components.