Procurement 9 October 2015

Realising the potential of your micro business’s IT infrastructure

Your technology infrastructure should be resilient and efficient enough to adapt to changes in the work environment quickly and with as little downtime as possible
Your technology infrastructure should be resilient and efficient enough to adapt to changes in the work environment quickly and with as little downtime as possible

King of Servers’ Albie Attias shows how micro firms can get more out of the IT equipment they’ve invested in, become more proactive and spend less time troubleshooting.

Although troubleshooting issues is an important aspect of day-to-day life for every IT professional, it can become a burden when this part of the job overtakes important matters such as expansion and development. As the saying goes, time is money – and this is particularly true with server management.

The ever-increasing complexity of the IT environment – even for micro businesses – is certainly a contributing factor that has led to more valuable hours being spent on dealing with issues that crop up. It would be fair to say that this explosion of data, virtualisation and the cloud, coupled with pressures on IT departments to deliver more speed and innovation, poses considerable management challenges.

A company’s technology infrastructure should be resilient and efficient enough to adapt to changes in the work environment quickly and with as little downtime as possible, as any loss of performance could lead to significant costs to the business. And, in cases where things do go wrong, IT professionals need the capabilities to troubleshoot quickly and effectively.

In most cases, businesses construct their IT infrastructure intermittently as the business evolves. This approach comes with its drawbacks, though, leading to silos of servers, storage and network equipment that stand alone, rather than working alongside each other as part of a well connected system. Because these systems stand alone, each silo must be managed separately, requiring an array of disparate management tools.

It is because of this that micro businesses must learn how to exploit the potential of their IT infrastructure. Asking the following questions will help you do so:

  • How can we become more proactive and less reactive?
  • How can we spend less time troubleshooting?
  • How can we get more out of the equipment we have invested in?
  • How can we minimise our expensive power and cooling costs?

I’d bet that if you are reading this article, a few of these headaches resonate with your firm’s current situation. So, what should you do? One remedy is to move to a converged infrastructure by integrating your server, storage and networking resources, then swapping your various management applications for a single, unified management tool.

Insight Control is the recommended tool for organisations running HP ProLiant servers, whereas Dell users should opt for Dell Virtual Integrated Systems. Both tools improve the efficiency of your infrastructure, allowing you to squeeze more productivity out of fewer resources. Just a few of the benefits of doing so are outlined below:

Faster server deployments and migrations: Labour intensive tasks such as server deployments and migrations are streamlined and automated, allowing servers to be provisioned quickly and in a reliable and repeatable manner.

Eco-friendly IT: Power and capacity can be scaled back when not needed, therefore cutting down on power, cooling and storage costs – as well as promoting greener IT operations.

Reduced downtime: Proactive systems management is built in, constantly monitoring the health of your IT system and alerting you to potential issues, giving you the chance to take action before any major disaster.

Superior manageability: Manage both virtual and physical servers from one location, giving you the chance to understand how they work together and therefore allowing you to optimise your network.

Unifying your IT operations by adopting a combined server management tool can help to leverage your infrastructure, enabling you to get more out of employees and the hardware and software you have invested in. Moving with the times in this manner will help you uncover efficiencies that can ultimately allow you to deliver better services to your business.

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Albie Attias is the managing director of IT retailer King of Servers.

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