Monday, 16 September 2013

Keeping your IT infrastructure simple


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Many small enterprises put great effort into establishing an IT infrastructure that is easy to manage, understand and maintain. However, without regular checks and monitoring they can quickly become large, 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 keeping it simple.

Consider the following points to maintain an efficient IT infrastructure:

Retiring old servers

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

Reducing application sprawl

It’s easy to lose track of all the applications running on your infrastructure and then comes the shock: You have too many running, causing you rising costs and increasing complexity. Revise all running applications, and see which ones are essential and which ones can be replaced by existing alternatives. It will do miracles.

Cabling’s enabling

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

Relocating 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 your shoulders, but then again it’s worth doing some research on how cloud computing can help you out best.

If you are only just thinking about setting up your company’s IT infrastructure, read our article on how to optimise it. For further information, also 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.