Bringing Your Server Infrastructure Up-to-Date
Almost all business owners or CEOs have the latest and greatest smart phones and probably don’t even remember what they did before the newest state-of-the-art phone technology and wouldn’t be able to manage going without. But a good amount of these same business owners or CEOs are relying on old and out of date servers to run their business.
Running a business on old servers impacts productivity and profitability, especially for small and mid-size companies. For these businesses they need to stay agile and competitive, tied with the everyday requirements of staying in business, means that running outdated servers is just an accident waiting to happen. In any organization, the server is the heart of IT. Every application from email all the way to enterprise applications, relies on the servers to run. While you are updating your software to the latest version, you are trying to run these modern programs on your old school IT structure, ultimately not being as efficient as you can be. You may know that your Infrastructure needs refreshed but not know the right steps to correct the problem.
One item to consider is virtualization. If an organization is in a position where they are running an old server because they are also running older applications, this may cause them to hold off on upgrading their server. This is where virtualization can make it possible to continue to take advantage of modern server hardware, which is optimized to handle server virtualization loads, while still maintaining legacy applications within virtual servers.
Proper planning is really the key to updating your server infrastructure correctly. There are 4 important steps to follow to ensure you are making the proper decision:
- Explore- you must first identify your business requirements
- Model- find the solution that fits your needs
- Plan- determine the technology you need
- Execute- implement your upgraded solution
Your IT Infrastructure must be aligned to meet your business needs. As your business needs evolve, your infrastructure must be able to support the new modern initiatives and ongoing growth. With a regularly updated IT infrastructure, you can take advantage of innovation that provides exceptional performance, security, efficiency, and other benefits to keep you competitive. It allows you the capabilities to meet your current needs and enables you for the future.