The expectation for IT infrastructure within businesses is now very advanced, with requirements changing all the time. Different elements of this, such as Cloud technology have revolutionised the way in which businesses can operate and function. However, with so many solutions around, how do you know what is best to make your business’ IT infrastructure more efficient? Following these 3 simple steps can help you on your way:
Step 1 – Simplify your infrastructure
No doubt your business will have changed since its beginning and long with this you’re likely to have accumulated a range of data and software that you no longer need. Not only does this take up space and cause your systems to run more slowly, but it can also highlight unnecessary ongoing costs that can be eliminated. Carrying out regular audits can help to streamline your in-house processes and remove software that is no longer needed, which can leave the overall system with greater capacity and faster running speeds.
Step 2 – Consider virtual infrastructure
Data storage capacity is a part of your IT infrastructure that can make your IT extremely inefficient if not managed correctly. There are physical limitations for internal storage such as server capacity, which if operated at full can add pressure to the network.
This is just one of the reasons why a growing number of companies are now choosing to move towards a virtualised infrastructure whereby storage is contained within the Cloud by offsite servers, which means data is accessible easily from multiple locations. This makes your in-house infrastructure more efficient and reduces the physical storage capacity needed in-house, and can also be more cost-effective, whilst delivering scalability.
Step 3 – Maintenance and future-proofing
Regular maintenance is vital to the efficiency of your IT infrastructure. Old hardware and failing to update software can cause processes to slow significantly. Proactively monitoring and maintaining your IT infrastructure will ensure that you are operating at maximum efficiency at all times, whilst preparing for future requirements and planning changes that may need to be made in advance before any issues occur.
Areas for improvement
Of course as with most things, there is some level of expertise that will help you to decide what would be best to make your IT infrastructure more efficiency. Discuss your setup with Help4IT’s team today on 0800 043 4448 or +44 207 653 9780 to see how we could help.