Key IT features2018-01-12T20:28:01+00:00

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What does “Doing More with Less” really mean?

As businesses grow, they require more IT solutions and applications to manage their business processes efficiently. Supporting a broad range of applications often brings with it the need for a more advanced set of hardware and software, thereby requiring IT staffs to expand their expertise. There is also the IT challenge of becoming more flexible and dynamic so that as business requirements evolve, IT can keep up.

In many cases, businesses that started in the last 10 years were “born in the cloud,” specifically to maintain a strict budget while providing dynamic flexibility. Flexibility is required to adapt, grow and change more easily than traditional in-house IT environments.  However, “born in the cloud” buisnesses are having to change as cloud costs begin to escalate with the migration from public to private cloud environments.

To efficiently “do more with less,” there are 3 key tenants that need to be implemented first throughout the enterprise. They are:  Virtualization, Automation, and Simplification.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Virtualization

Virtualizaiton is providing a layer of software between your physical resources and your applications, data and communications environments.  Virtualization provides 2 significant benefits to IT environments:

  • Resource Optimization
  • Hardware Independence

Resource optimization means you can effectively run hundreds of server environments on a single server – thereby lowering IT spend, simplifying physical infrastructure, and allowing higher resource utilization. Vmware is the best know virtualization engine for virtualizing your server environments.

Hardware independence provides the ability to migrate or even replace the hardware where applications are running without making changes to your enterprise application environment.  This means as new and more cost-effective hardware becomes available, IT organizations can instantly implement these new platforms without the requirement of costly migration projects. Thereby, allowing IT to take advantage of new cost saving hardware whenever it makes business sense.

The most popular virtualization engines are:

                 VMware                                 –                 Servers/Applications                       (Dell)

                 Spectrum Virtualize              –                        Storage                                     (IBM)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Automation

Many IT organizations spend a lot of time on nonautomated, repetitive tasks. Several studies have shown that more than 40% of IT tasks are repetitive or remedial, both of which could be automated with the right tools and skills. With Automation IT staffs are spending more of their time on making good decisions vs repetitive data collection processes.

Many customers focus on automating the “lowest level tasks” without considering higher level management tasks and processes like data collection, analysis and reporting. Many IT managers today still use manual processes like Excel to deliver the required enterprise planning reports. With the use of manual processes, a limited number of individuals can understand the data and reports provided to anticipate an unplanned outage. This is why it is necessary to adopt predictive data analytics tools that can quickly create intelligible reports to deliver to management.

There are a variety of tools designed to automate various IT tasks. The key is to automate the right tasks. I recommend that buisnesses automate tasks where they will see the best return on investment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Simplification

Many IT environments, especially those that have been in place for 10+ years, have portions of their infrastructure that are referred to as “legacy.” Legacy environments are often supported by traditional hardware and software.  New applications may or may not be supported using legacy hardware and software.  In some cases, buisnesses implement specific optimized hardware for a new application. These actions create complex environments that are hard to efficiently manage.

Complexity is the arch rival of simplicity.  Simplicity is necessary to efficiently analyze and manage an enterprise. Choosing the right solution to meet requirements is important with consideration of the overall impact on the environment. Choosing unique platforms for specific applications, which is not sharable across all applications, introduces enterprise inefficiencies which are often not considered.

Simplification is about decreasing the complexity of an IT organization while increasing its ability to become more flexible and more dynamic, meeting environment requirements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Visual Storage Intelligence®

Visual Storage Intelligence assists customers with all 3 Key IT features: Virtualization, Automation and Simplification. Visual Storage Intelligence has an automated data collection process for storage, SAN switching environments. Visual Storage Intelligence performs deep analytics on the data collected and automatically generates reports for each individual hardware device as well as reports at the enterprise, data center and business unit levels. The seven levels of reporting capabilities in Visual Storage Intellengence provide a visual picture of the environment. With comprehendable and simple to download reports for the IT manager all the way to executive leadership levels, Visual Storage Intelligence enables decision makers with the information needed to make informed business decisions.  All reporting and data mining is provided online through a browser interface with PDF report generation is also available.

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