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Systems Efficiency and your Long-Term IT Strategic Plan

virtualizationThe goal of any enterprise IT department should be to provide services such that business processes can operate as efficiently and as effectively as possible. When IT services are optimized, the entire organization can reduce its costs – from sales to marketing to administration to production – contributing significantly to the company’s bottom line. Effective IT service also leads to improved customer service, streamlined supply chain processes and improved partner, vendor and customer relations.

To provide these kinds of benefits to your organization, you need to develop a long-term strategic plan that provides flexible and efficient systems that area also interoperable. You need to include technologies and techniques such as server consolidation, virtualization, administration automation, service management, and service-oriented architectures.

In order to get your company to where it’s operating in an optimal fashion, you need to take some specific steps:

•    Consolidate. This is more than just consolidating servers, however. You need to make a conscious effort to move from a large number of distributed systems and devices to a smaller number of systems and devices. This includes servers, of course, but it also includes other resources such as networks and storage. Consolidation will lower costs for everything from physical floor space to management costs to licensing and maintenance contracts.

•    Virtualization. We should start off by saying that not every system or application is a good candidate for virtualization. There are some systems that just don’t play well with others, and there are some systems so mission-critical that they can’t afford to share their capacity with anyone else. That said, most of the applications in a given organization are good candidates for virtualization, which will result in increased utilization as well as lower management costs.

•    Workload management. When we think about workload management, we usually think about storage provisioning. However, in the bigger picture, workload management should include not only storage, but other systems as well. You need to be able to build-up and tear-down system images as well as storage as needed.

•    Service delivery. Getting IT resources to the end user in an efficient and reliable way is the goal here. You need to meet your organization’s computing need whether they’re in the office or in the field.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.