Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Keeping IT simple


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Many small companies put great effort into setting up an IT infrastructure that's easy to manage, understand and maintain. However, without regular monitoring they can quickly become big, slow, complex and problematic. In order to avoid the frustration and rising management costs caused by an infrastructure gone out of hand, it’s worth thinking about regular revision and just keeping it simple.

Think about the following points to maintain an efficient IT infrastructure:

Retire old servers

You would be surprised to know how many firms leave old servers running, even when they are completely irrelevant to the day-to-day activities of the infrastructure. It may be convenient to solve problems with more hardware, but consider the usage of existing hardware before doing so. A reduction in the number of servers will save your company time, effort and most importantly: money.

Reduce application sprawl

It’s not hard to lose track of all the applications running on your infrastructure and then comes the shock: You have too many of them, resulting in rising costs and increasing complexity. Revise all running applications, and see which ones are essential and which ones can be replaced by existing alternatives.

Cabling is enabling

Cabling gets little consideration, if any at all. But it’s more important than you would think. Imagine you are installing new servers and devices, and all of a sudden your data center became a maze of cables. Your IT team will struggle with maintenance and fixing potential problems.

Relocate to the cloud

The easiest way of keeping IT infrastructure simple is by having someone else take care of it. Moving everything to the cloud will take the burden off of your shoulders, but then again it’s worth doing some research on how cloud computing can help you best.

For further information check out Modern Infrastructure

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.