Technology is always evolving. So, too, are your organization’s IT needs.
If you are looking to revamp your datacenter and make improvements to your business’s infrastructure, this article is for you. We have four strategies you can follow to identify and address vulnerabilities and better meet your company’s current and future needs.
Let’s get started.
1. Analyze your assets
You should make a habit of analyzing your assets on a regular basis and rethinking your infrastructure to meet any changes.
If your team members are surrounded by an ever-growing mess of technologies – some of which are connected and some of which are isolated – they cannot get the most out of their resources.
New hardware, new software solutions, an influx of data, and other newly purchased tech can result in chaos, making your IT team’s job that little bit more difficult. Take stock before your infrastructure becomes disorganized. And importantly, aim for agility.
As we move closer and closer to a cloud-dominated business world, it’s more critical than ever for your IT solutions to be flexible, scalable, and adaptable. Otherwise, you just won’t be able to remain competitive in your industry.
2. Automate time-consuming tasks
Even if your infrastructure is up-to-date and utilizes hybrid or multi-cloud solutions, you are most likely facing some operating challenges. This might include complex user experience, low visibility, and time-consuming management processes. Time is money, and these challenges can result in extra costs and lost resources.
This is where automation comes in.
“With automation technologies improving, small businesses do not have to worry about experimenting with automation. They can safely incorporate some of the proven technologies that serve practical purposes for their organizations.” – Forbes
Automation can eradicate round-the-clock management and other tedious work, giving your team more time to put toward growth-driving projects.
3. Evaluate your cloud services
When was the last time you evaluated your cloud services and infrastructure?
If you’re not already, consider switching from a public or private cloud to hybrid cloud architecture. Hybrid cloud solutions meet the largest spectrum of business needs, making it a top choice for organizations operating in a broad range of industries.
Benefits of switching to a hybrid cloud include:
- More flexibility
- More scalability
- Improved end-user performance
- Faster time to market
Alternatively, look into multi-cloud infrastructure, another top contender for data storage. This alternative reduces reliance on a single cloud vendor while enabling a best-of-breed approach.
There’s no reason to stick with only private or only public cloud storage. Making use of both typically results in a higher-performing IT solution.
4. Up your security
Cyberthreats are becoming more prevalent and increasingly sophisticated. What’s more, today, more than half of all cyberattacks target small businesses.
Network security should be a top priority for every business. It should be built into your infrastructure – not added on as a totally separate layer. When cybersecurity is built-in from the ground up, your infrastructure will be better defended against cyberthreats.
Maintaining a proactive approach to your IT will make a significant difference in its quality, security, and efficiency. Whether you leave this responsibility to your in-house team or decide to outsource to an experienced managed services provider is up to you.