IT Infrastructure management plays a significant role in the transformation of any business. With the technologies and solutions used in the IT infrastructure changing, it is imperative to have a dynamic infrastructure to support the rising intelligence of the business and IT infrastructure assets.
Well-organized infrastructure management helps an enterprise in a number of ways and that includes a reduction in the operating costs, savings in time & resources, effective planning for the core business process, availability of skilled staff.
As the company grows, it would need to develop an IT infrastructure that is both functional and flexible. Doing such can aid in adjusting to the business’ needs. Having a reliable and secure IT infrastructure is crucial and also helps in giving that edge over other businesses.
Designing & Developing an IT Infrastructure for the entire organization can be mammoth task, but it can be mastered. Regardless of size and industry, businesses should make IT infrastructure management one of its top priorities, especially in today’s highly digitized world.
In a survey by Fuse Technology Group, small business continues to increase their future investments in terms of IT infrastructure, especially in business management software (50 percent), data analytics (43 percent), mobile devices (37 percent), social media (36 percent), and cloud computing (34 percent). This suggests that many businesses, even the small and medium ones, are leveraging on the growth potential that technology continues to provide.
How small businesses will invest in IT infrastructure
Designing & Planning your IT infrastructure requires a lot of planning and implementation of right steps.
But be careful: Getting this right will require you to think counter-intuitively about many issues. Let’s look at some of the key steps, which will help your organization to plan the design of IT infrastructure.
Discover & Assess
To understand where you want to go, it’s important to understand where you’re starting from. That’s why one of the first steps is to understand in detail your current architecture, along with business requirements, technical constraints, and other design parameters.
At very basic you need to think, What networking hardware do you already have in place and are you planning any changes to your technology now or in the future (such as upcoming technology standards, additional employees or new applications) that might have an impact on your networking needs?
The needs and resources of each company will lead to a different set of networking solutions and you need to carefully consider your current infrastructure layout and the future requirements to determine the optimal network design for your situation
Network and Infrastructure readiness assessment is a must. Make sure you assess your Network design (routing and switching network), software, hardware, power/environment, network links and network services.
Simultaneously, assessment of operational readiness is a must. It is critical as it determines the ability to administer and manage the recommended Networking Infrastructure Solution. Based on this assessment your organization will know whether any additional products or services are required. Normally operational areas include System configuration, System monitoring, System upgrading.
Virtualize your servers now
Server Virtualization for the organization is like shaking hands with Benefits. It assures that you get more out of existing resources helping diminish datacenter costs by reducing your physical infrastructure and improving your server to admin ratio.
With server virtualization, you can reduce your administrator to server ratio. This means there is more time for daily server admin tasks or a single administrator can cover more servers. Deployment, management, and troubleshooting are also improved at varying levels depending on the specific software related to your specific needs.
Strengthen your Resources
Strengthening your resources paves the way for increased manageability and flexibility. Not only does it lower costs but also reduces the complexities of infrastructure management significantly. It provides you with the power to appreciate shared services and distribute them. Also, it is impossible to manage resources manually.
You need to have an integrated technology tool to aggregate and monitor the usage of resources to ensure that it is effectively utilized. It is also critical to bring in specialized agencies to manage your resources rather than doing it all by yourself.