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Break free of legacy infrastructure with a managed services strategy

Published: February 19th, 2016 By: IT World Canada Staff

Most businesses run a diverse set of applications — and it is this unique set that requires a personalized profile regarding infrastructure. The fact is traditional approaches are increasingly irrelevant in modern business.

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Businesses are being asked to do more with less, while still maintaining a high level of service to the public. New technology trends are changing how they spend money and invest in IT strategies. Businesses are relying on their data centers more than ever to support these emerging technologies and as a result they’re also spending more than ever.

Gartner projected worldwide data center hardware spending to surpass $126.2 billion in 2015, and with storage being the main driver of growth, it’d be no surprise to see it go even higher.

What can this mean for your business?

Removing the constraints of traditional infrastructure allows businesses to get started quickly and scale on demand. Look at web giants such as Google and Facebook, their hyper-converged infrastructure manages storage resources to create that flexibility.

As pressures grow to find ways to invest in new technologies that will reduce spending, decision-makers are turning to managed services such as server colocation or public managed cloud solutions.

Businesses are leveraging colocation to eliminate the time, cost, and long-term maintenance associated with building and owning data centers. It also offers access to interconnected infrastructure, and enables new levels of network flexibility and security, making this service a viable alternative.

With colocation, businesses can partner with a third party to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities. There’s no need in this age for the headache of constructing your own data center, as it requires costly equipment and maintenance such as power, cooling, standby power, and more.

By turning to cloud-based solutions and adopting variable delivery models, businesses can also reduce the need for costly hardware investments and in turn redirect towards innovation. Public managed cloud adoption as a service is disrupting traditional business models, just as the power of mobile, because of the drive to be connected more than ever before.

Despite the pressure to make a move, IT departments still face many challenges when thinking about which form of service offerings make the most sense. These challenges are unique to your business and require expert advice. When looking outside of your business to organize, manage, develop and secure infrastructure, it’s important to evaluate what is best for you and your business.

Begin the process with a full understanding of your current environment, and when you believe it’s time to change. Size up the new environment and plan for migration. How does it fit within your business? Business needs change constantly, so whichever approach you choose, maintaining the status quo is not a viable option.

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