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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.
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.
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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