In a typical datacenter, the spending is allocated as follows:
- Management and Support Labor = 38%
- Hardware = 20%
- Software = 30%
- Facilities (power / cooling and space) = 12%
Management and support costs are also reduced via streamlined provisioning and reduced change costs, estimated to reduce datacenter management and support labor by 15% to 20% overall. Improving management tools and practices maturity while virtualizing can yield much higher improvements of 25% or more.