We’re living through an age where business IT needs and the demands placed upon network infrastructures are ever altering and increasing. The development of breakthrough technologies such as mobile technology or the cloud, has meant something of a new world order, in many cases vastly differing from IT infrastructures of the past.
And of course, this is an era in which technology no longer merely supports business but can actively shape the way a business (or entire industry) operates. Look at the way technology has allowed a company such as AirBnB to become a major player in the short-term accommodation market, for example. Or how Amazon has revolutionisedthe way we shop through its enormous e-commerce technology.
Modern IT infrastructures need flexibility and scalability, able to adjust to changing demands in the work place, Meaning a company’s network needs the facility to meet these new challenges while remaining cost-effective and within budget.
Removing Unnecessary Software
Over time you are likely to find that your business has accumulated a range of different licences for different kinds of software; such as old CRM systems.
And, while this was once may have delivered a service of value to the business, as time and technology have moved on, so some of this software may have become obsolete; doing nothing more than taking up space on your devices and network.
Ensuring a regular audit of your IT infrastructure can ensure that unused or outdated software can be uninstalled leaving the overall system with greater capacity to deliver the programs that are required.
Virtualisation for your Data Storage
The flow of data over the internet is greater now than at any other stage in history. And almost certain to grow in the future. And with data considered critical to future success, the demands on a business’ storage capacity has never been higher.
Traditionally, the amount of data you could store would depend on the capacity of your physical storage facilities on premises. Either your server would be working at full capacity, adding pressure to the network, or you would need to invest in more equipment.
Which would mean greater expense as well as added costs incurred through maintenance and energy utilities.
Migrating your data to a virtual storage network can deliver a much more cost-effective and efficient solution for your network due to:
- Storage no longer restricted by server capacity
- Data moved to a central, cloud-based facility, allowing server’s resources to more efficiently operate other tasks
- Virtual storage offers a scalable solution so that you always have enough capacity to cope, simply increasing or decreasing capacity as required.
- Reduced costs in hardware, maintenance and energy output.
Think of your IT infrastructure as the vehicle driving your business. And, like all vehicles, it needs regular servicing and maintenance to ensure it’s always delivering optimum performance.
A proactive and preventative maintenance programme can provide peace of mind that your system is fully operational at all times. Working with an outsourced IT specialist allows you the option of a completely tailored service agreement. This can provide a transparent control on costs while ensuring that your infrastructure’s performance is being regularly monitored, with potential issues identified and rectified before they become a major problem.
Service & Repair Plans
Similarly, having a plan in place for quick, highly responsive repairs as and when something does go awry can also help the system’s efficiency. Downtime is costly, so working with an IT organisation who can offer remote, 24/7 response can ensure that your system is back up and running as soon as possible.