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Transform your data center with advice from our cloud experts

Make your Hybrid IT journey simple with the right advice and tools from our Softchoice VMware experts

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Schedule a Softchoice Assessment to Develop a Solid Plan to Modernize Your Datacentre

Today’s businesses face a world of rapidly changing technology, overextended resources, and concerns about budget and security. Increasingly, owners are addressing these issues by moving from traditional data centers to a Hybrid IT model. While critical to your ability to continue to serve your customers, modernizing your data center can be a daunting task. Softchoice assessments can help.

Why businesses are moving toward Hybrid IT

Traditional data centers are typically composed of a mix of new and legacy hardware, software and applications of numerous and differing iterations and licenses, and associated patches. IT teams have their hands full with refreshes, support, and maintenance. In fact, around 80% of an IT team’s work hours are spent keeping things running, which translates, on average, to a seven-week wait for the delivery of new software or applications. Add to these challenges increasing security concerns and persistent budget pressures, and many CIOs are looking for a better way.

Hybrid IT offers solutions to these problems, and allows you to meet your business objectives: to improve your customers’ experience, manage risk, and reduce or control your costs. Through three phases—virtualization, integration, and optimization—you can transform your data center to be agile, secure, and cost-effective.

Common concerns with modernizing your data center

Change can be difficult, but when you work with a Softchoice assessment team you have access to years of expertise and best practices. Below you will find some of the most common concerns about data center modernization, along with what you can expect from Softchoice.

Common concerns How Softchoice can help
Lack of insight
Due to the nature of traditional data centers, it’s a major challenge to keep a complete and up-to-date inventory. With software, there’s the additional task of monitoring licenses, versions, and updates. When you don’t know exactly what you already have in place, it’s nearly impossible to plan the best modernization solution. An assessment includes a non-intrusive discovery and analysis of your data center environment so you’ll be confident in understanding your gaps and security risks, and able to build an informed plan.
Budgetary concerns
In business, you have to justify your expenses. Although you may have a hunch that your traditional data center is inefficient and costly, it’s important to pin down the numbers. Working with Softchoice, you’ll have access to a database of technical resources to guide your decisions, and our assessment team will provide you with a complete return on investment (ROI) analysis so you can build your business case.
Too many options
As you dig into the topic of data center modernization, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible solutions. After your assessment, you’ll receive recommendations delivered by industry experts that will allow you to avoid costly decisions by simplifying your infrastructure.
Security
When dealing with data, security is always a concern. Business-owners are right to be apprehensive—changes, additions, and deletions could potentially cause a security breach. Softchoice looks at the potential risks and includes a plan for mitigating them as part of an assessment.
Lack of resources
Once you decide on a course of action, you will still need to coordinate with your teams to complete the transition. Concerns about your teams’ time or skills are justified—after all, a modernization effort is multi-faceted and far-reaching. Softchoice presents a summary report delivered in a workshop to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Softchoice’s complimentary TechCheck service is the fastest way to create your gap analysis. It is one of many services you can leverage for your data center transformation.

Understanding What's In Your Virtual Environment

The Softchoice Virtualization TechCheck is designed to arm clients with a fact-based portrait of the current environment, and in turn, helps map out next steps through intelligence that informs cost savings, performance improvements and capacity planning.

Softchoice Storage TechCheck

With the explosion of data growth, the ability to accurately forecast storage capacity, reduce costs and deal with data migration has become more critical than ever for IT leaders. Storage administrators also face additional pressures of excessive backup times, higher service level requirements, longer retention periods for more data and increased capacity needs.

The Softchoice Storage TechCheck is designed to provide clients with essential information about the performance of an array, that in turn provides intelligence that informs cost savings, performance improvements and capacity planning.

Softchoice Network Discovery Assessment

Knowing the status of your network assets can greatly improve business up-time and help you anticipate issues long before they occur. That's why we created Softchoice's Network Discovery Assessment - an end-to-end process designed to give you practical, actionable insights into the most complicated networking challenges

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