14 Jul Three ‘Don’t-Miss’ Steps to IT Consolidation
As any IT strategist will tell you, the Beatles knew what they were saying when they sang “Come Together” in 1969. All kidding aside, the latest strategy for simplifying your IT program is to bring it all together. Consolidating your server, storage and data center environments helps your company in a lot of ways. Increase control while reducing complexity. Increase application deployment while reducing the burden on your IT staff. And finally, maximize your ROI while reducing your IT and data center environments. Sound too good to be true? It’s actually pretty simple when you have the right partner and follow three simple steps for consolidation.
THREE “DON’T-MISS” STEPS TO IT CONSOLIDATION
- Conduct an infrastructure assessment. Actually this first step of the process is the most important in the process. Knowing what you have, where you have it and which teams are managing it will help determine the best consolidation strategy. It’s a little bit like organizing your garage or purchasing a car. You wouldn’t determine which car is best or how much garage space to purchase if you don’t know your needs, your budget and your location.
- Create a plan and strategy for consolidating your servers, storage and data centers. If you are working with AnovaIT, our trained IT professional team will utilize best practices to help you through this step. If you are working with other companies, ensure that they have a deployment; purchasing and scalability plan as part of the overall strategy.
- Test your plan and implement future-forward logistics. No plan is complete without including a test phase. Ensure that your IT professionals are prototyping the implementation and ensuring that data is secure and working as intended. Your consolidation plan should also include future growth technologies planning for three to five years in advance for storage, server and disaster recovery.
THE REWARDS FOR IT CONSOLIDATION
While it is easy to focus solely on the cost of IT in your company, the rewards for consolidation will provide performance, control and ROI to outweigh the costs. In addition to increased network productivity, your company will realize increased security and a more manageable system. And, growing is simpler because scaling a consolidated IT infrastructure is much simpler than a distributed one.