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7 Ways to Think Differently about IT Infrastructure

IT departments today are faced with increasing service level expectations all while being held to higher cost saving objectives. What this means for the IT department is that it’s time for a new way of thinking about infrastructure. It’s time to move away from addressing your organization’s daily operational challenges, and move toward a strategy that enables you to deliver more services at a lower cost and with better-managed risk.

Here are some general principles you need to start considering if you want to meet tomorrow’s IT infrastructure needs:

1.    A dynamic infrastructure improves service, reduces your costs and keeps risk to a minimum. Accordingly, you want to use a high-availability solution to your infrastructure needs. IBM Power Systems can be at the core of providing the kind of dynamic infrastructure you need.

2.    Visibility, control and automation are essential to infrastructure utilization. This means that you need to have technology solutions that can measure performance and then be adjusted accordingly. Ideally, you will use a solution like PowerVM that can let you make changes to allocation on an automated basis.

3.    Virtualization and energy efficiency provide significant cost savings. Whether you’re talking about implementing an internal cloud environment or whether you’re simply talking about server consolidation, your organization can save significantly on its ongoing expenses just by dumping old or unnecessary hardware. The savings in power, cooling technology and even staff help you meet increased demand at a lower cost.

4.    Data growth makes management a challenge. These challenges are best met with infrastructure initiatives. An optimized infrastructure is scalable, secure and protected, keeping each type of data where it needs to be and in a container big enough to fit it.

5.    Infrastructure choices should match your business needs. Here is where you often need the expertise of an IBM support provider. They can work with you to look at different delivery options, such as cloud computing, and address issues like scalability or rapid provisioning.

6.    Infrastructure management is risk management. Accordingly, your risk management solutions need to be designed to meet the needs of your organization, its various business units and even individual workloads. Technologies like ZIBM Clientscan can help to proactively manage security concerns throughout the enterprise and maintain resilience in spite of multiple threats.

7.    Infrastructure decisions are business decisions. Your infrastructure enables the communication and commerce of your organization. It connects your internal resources, as well as vendors, clients and even competitors. Being able to leverage infrastructure to meet business goals is key to not only providing necessary service levels, but to being able to justify necessary infrastructure costs.

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