The sheer scale, size, and scope of corporate IT infrastructure are things that have substantially grown in the last fifteen years. For many businesses, IT infrastructure went from several dozen servers in a basement to elaborate data centres featuring many thousands of servers such as VMware hosting. In the early years of the 1990s, networked storage was barely in existence. However, modern IT organisations sink tens of millions of dollars into them.
This expansion has solid reasons behind it. Infrastructure is what runs the many applications that process a company’s transactions, handle client data and information that provide market insights, and serve as a foundation to the analytical tools which let managers and executives make their choices in how to operate complicated organisations. In truth, infrastructure is a driving force behind a lot of rises in productivity and corporate growth seen in recent years.
However, the actual ubiquity of such networking, storage, and computing technologies means that a number of corporate executives actually look at IT infrastructure like it’s a commodity. That’s not a wise choice. It is admittedly true that individual components like storage and servers are things that have been commoditised. The same could even be argued for some support processes, such as application monitoring. However, a truly effective infrastructure operation is going to create its own value by making smart decisions regarding which particular technologies see use and how they all get integrated. If you buy a technology product from a vendor, then it might technically be a commodity. On the other hand, it’s not a commodity when you have the power to pull support, software, and hardware together in combinations of robust features, vibrant resiliency, and efficient cost.
Copious evidence exists that creativity in corporate infrastructure has paved the way for many businesses to increase their efficiency, enhance their customer experience, and in some cases even redefine their very own business models.
Data collection happening live.
Insurance providers in both the United States and the U.K actually use GPS sensors and devices to record both how fast cars go and the damage that happens to them. The manufacturing industry has embraced the use of radio frequency identification tags. RFID tags are insightful in how many goods see movement through their supply chains, so inventory levels can be reduced. In either case, the devices and sensors aren’t worth much unless there is infrastructure support to manage and capture the data in an economical and reliable fashion.
Manufacturers and pharmaceutical businesses alike are now in the habit of deploying computing grids that are low in cost but make it feasible to test or develop products and drugs that might have been unthinkable just ten years ago.
Across many sectors, companies can enjoy tremendous benefits from fast reaction times, whether it’s establishing sales locations in a quickly-growing region, meeting increased service demand when online traffic surges, or just providing customers robust off-site support. Great infrastructure units are able to support each of … Read MoreContinue reading