The problem with the tech industry is that it moves at the speed it takes to download a webpage. New, bleeding-edge technology such as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) didn’t even really exist 5 years ago. What this means is that it can be extremely hard to create a long-term plan for your organization’s IT systems. Luckily, our experts here at Logical Front have put together some tips and advice to help you pave the path to IT assurance.
Embrace New Technology
Revolutionary technology like HCI is changing how your IT team manages storage, networking, and security. By combining these functions into a single system, you reduce bottlenecks, streamlining processes that ensure maximum performance. Additionally, utilizing cloud functionality to manage things like backups is a great way to create a safety net should anything go wrong.
An added benefit is the reduction of maintenance work; HCI can all be managed by one team member. This in turn frees up the rest of your already-established IT staff to help bolster an integral system: security. 2017 has been a bumper year for cyber attacks, so why not focus on securing your data correctly?
Retrain your IT Staff
Instead of hiring completely new people, consider instead metaphorically sending your existing staff back to school. Re-training your team to tackle ever-increasing issues such as cyber security can pay huge dividends. According to a 2017 IBM study, the average monetary loss from a hack is $3.62 million, a sum of money surely no one wants to part with. Don’t think it’ll happen to you? Everybody is vulnerable, even elementary schools.
This approach is also beneficial because of the growing gap between college IT security curriculum and the real world cyber-security threats that are constantly evolving. Veteran IT security experts can be extremely hard to find, but growing your own can be equally beneficial (and cheaper).
Converge your Datacenters
This last one may not specifically apply to your organization, but the principle does. If you operate multiple datacenters in separate physical locations, a datacenter migration can drastically reduce costs and system disconnect. With one central location, one team manages one set of IT equipment, simplifying operations and lowering the possibility of annoying system downtime. Another resulting perk is that of security; less complexities mean fewer access points into your network via remote clients. Backups can be moved to the cloud to ensure you have a safety net.
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