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Modernising your Data Centre is about Empowering the Business, not the Infrastructure

asi solutions presentation about modernising data centres for empowering business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many people have their IT operations running in a little server room in the back of their office?

As an organisation grows, so should the infrastructure supporting it. A traditional environment consists of a handful of disparate servers a storage array, on which all of your virtual servers sit. This type of solution has scalability issues, always has. The way around those scalability issues is through hyper-converged infrastructure.

Hyper-convergence is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system.

If you can’t scale, or be efficient, you can’t be competitive.

How can we forecast failure to limit business impact?

  • By staying ahead of the curve
  • Having environmental awareness, not just in the server room, but in the facility you run
  • The ability to act on that information

Move out of your on-premises data centres, co-location centres have access to a partner eco-system

For business in the digital age, building the right IT strategy from an onslaught of competing services is a crucial competitive advantage.

Scalable connectivity to an ecosystem of in-house partners, service providers and carriers, is now enabling IT leaders to implement data centre strategies that contains capital expenditure yet empowers business with expert, independent advice and integration with the partner sales process.

Typically, the organisations that are better served by this ecosystem are the more progressive ones; those looking to be on the leading edge of service delivery. The ecosystem gives them speed and agility; it saves them the time and the cost of building such IT infrastructure themselves — especially if IT is not their core business; and it allows them to pick best-of-breed solutions that will drive their business value and unique differentiators.

In addition to the potential business benefits of each available service, direct access to vendors and providers within a co-located environment delivers many other advantages, including:

  • Reduced communication costs
  • Enhanced security
  • Fast, reliable, low latency data transmission.
  • Cloud-hosted applications

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Traditional backup relies on a rotational set of tapes or removable hard drives which are prone to human error.  Recovery from these solutions is often flaky at best. (cross your fingers)

By choosing a Backup & Disaster recovery provider that leverages cloud-platform, you can easily restore a lost file or an entire business infrastructure in minutes.  You need a solution that is simple, smart, and effective.

An ongoing service contract with a partner that can demonstrate protection from devastating system failures, natural disasters, and human error is critical.  A strong IT partner can provide a Support Team 24/7, everday and at every stage during disasters.  They will protect you from ransomware by quickly restoring the business infrastructure to a moment before the attack.

Some examples include Datto & Veeam.

Transform people and process

Ultimately, by achieving some or all of the previous suggestions, you will organically modernise, and automate your business, thereby transforming what impact IT has to your profitability.

So, that’s it…. I hope that I have inspired a few of you to go back into your businesses and ask the questions:

  • Why aren’t we moving to a cloud-hosted infrastructure?
  • Why don’t we move our operations to a data centre?
  • How can we take advantage of the massive partner eco-system that is out there?
  • How can we be more relevant to the market than our competitors?
  • How can we become more efficient within our business?

This article was originally presented by Daniel Johns at the World Health Metrics Conference 2018.