Trying to manage an increasingly complex IT infrastructure is a challenge many companies face. For example, what might happen if a server is disconnected in New York? Will your Atlanta office also lose capabilities?
Interconnectivity among departments and software applications has made tracking infrastructure dependencies a difficult proposition. But there are ways to optimize data centers that will streamline performance and reduce costs.
Below are four tips to optimizing your IT infrastructure:
1. Simplify your data center. The first step toward a more optimized infrastructure begins with simplifying the existing system. Conduct an evaluation of your applications used in the IT infrastructure. This will help eliminate redundancies and any applications that you no longer need or use. But before evaluating, ask these questions:
- What applications are in use?
- What databases do they access?
- Where do they reside and how do they work together?
- What are their critical up-stream and downstream dependencies?
2. Increase utilization with a decreased number of servers. Many companies waste valuable data center space and storage with an unnecessary amount of servers, which leads to increased energy and labor costs. Operating your IT infrastructure with fewer servers that are more utilized can have a dramatic positive effect: 70% to 80% reduction in data center space.
3. Simplify the network cabling infrastructure. Maintaining a complex IT network also necessitates the added cost and space created by accommodating an unnecessarily larger cable hardware infrastructure. By reducing the complexity of networking and cabling hardware, costs can be reduced by saving on floor space and excessive cable replacement.
4. Automate processes. By automating manual processes, data centers can immediately benefit from improved efficiency. For example, converting invoice fulfillment to an automated process is not only faster and more accurate, but it frees up valuable company time. Implementing automation within the IT infrastructure also allows quicker diagnosis of system problems, and increased performance and uptime.