The decision about whether to invest in Hybrid IT is a big one. Large-scale changes to your data center come with the need for new protocols and education, a modernization period, and associated costs. To determine the best course of action for your business, you need a deep understanding of your current data center environment and its performance. Most crucially, you need to understand how well your data center is meeting your customers’ demands.
We recommend considering this question from these four perspectives:
Is your data center agile?
Many traditional data centers are operating as a collection of new and legacy hardware, software, patches, and updates. What’s more, they’re cobbled together as dictated by technological advances and business needs. These circumstances tend to result in slow and difficult deployments or updates which, in turn, impact your ability to serve your customers.
In your current environment, how long does it take to deploy a new server, networking switch, firewall, or storage resource?
An agile Hybrid IT data center will allow you to adapt to your ever-changing business requirements without undue disruption.
Is your data center efficient?
IT teams understand that as technology changes, so do the measures of efficiency. Having and maintaining the appropriate components and applications is an ongoing task and one that greatly affects your customers’ experience.
Are you able to spin up new virtual machines, storage, and networking using automation and policies? Are you using automation to ensure the proper applications are running at the right performance from a server, storage, and networking perspective?
An efficient Hybrid IT data center maximizes all resources.
Is your data center secure?
Data center security is a serious concern. Indeed, according to a paper by the IDC, 52% of CIOs believe they will encounter a security breach in the next 12 months.
Are you able to pass a security audit? Can you ensure that applications, databases, and servers are all protected in the virtual and physical environment?
You need to be able to offer your customers the peace of mind that their data is safe and secure.
Is your data center cost-effective?
Our research shows that traditional data centers consume around 80% of work hours. And this is just keeping things up and running! The 20% remaining is spent responding to customer demands. Depending on your particular infrastructure, you may have an opportunity to improve on that ratio.
There are numerous options for how and where to run workloads today. Analyzing your environment from a cost perspective will determine what applications or servers make fiscal sense to run on-premises or in the public cloud.
Cost-effectiveness benefits both you and your customers.
Should you invest in Hybrid IT? Conducting a survey of your current data center infrastructure with these four questions in mind will help you determine the impact, both on your business and your customers.
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