Every traditional IT infrastructure team has to update its hardware stack periodically whether an in-house data center or co-location is used. The data protection equipment, security, networking, storage, and services would become outdated if they are not replaced within every 3 to 5 years time. This is where hardware refresh events play a vital role as they allow IT infrastructure teams to consider cloud infrastructure or hyper-converged equipment instead of storage hardware or the traditional server. Cloud consulting is a great way to ensure that you are ahead of the updates. The evaluation process will include the following.
- Time and money spent on staff training for supporting the change.
- Service agreements, licensing, and hardware requirements for licensing and equipment protection.
- Storage, memory, and compute requirements as per the estimated growth of the next cycle.
However, IT infrastructure staff does not always take risk into account. If the risks are not evaluated, t would cause problems in the refresh project such as cost overruns, delays, or even worse.
Which Risks Should Be Included In The Evaluation Process?
- Doing Nothing
Is the life of the existing hardware five years and have no problems occurred and are they expected? Can you hold the refresh off for another year?
- The New Infrastructure Not Being In Line With The Business Climate
Is the industry experiencing shrinkage or explosive growth? Have you been losing or adding remote locations? Will the new infrastructure help support a track-able and incremental growth pattern based on organizational, market, and industry change?
- Inaccuracy With Estimates & Budgeting
Is there a need to be highly accurate for the next cycle when it comes to IT expenditure estimates and the actual spend? Will there be a need to level spend? Or can you simply go back for more money if needed? Would a mistake result in additional expenses?
- Changes In Application Portfolio
What are the chances of the mission critical applications changing? Would there be a need to work with new infrastructure, existing applications, or in a cloud environment? How will changes in application impact the new infrastructure?
- Complex Connectivity & Increased Bandwidth Requirements
An increase in bandwidth requirements will be needed for more SAAS applications, cloud infrastructure, and application development. Accessing multiple cloud providers and SAAS applications would lead to networking complexities which the infrastructure team might not be able to handle.
- Disasters & Outages
Is the IT infrastructure well-protected from data center outages and hardware failures? Would you risk losing market share, clients, and credibility? Would heroic efforts from service providers and IT staff be required for recovery?
- Staffing Changes
Staffing changes should not be ignored. There is a scarcity of qualified professionals. How would the business be affected if key IT infrastructure administrators decide to leave? Would be feasible to use a service provide such as cloud servers Iceland.
The right approach to managing the abovementioned risks is a highly integrated approach which considers all the available options.