Migrations and Management

Infrastructure Migrations and Management

With all the publicity around the Cloud, you may be wondering whether you should move away from on-site infrastructure.  This is a big decision and is not necessarily right for every business.

High-end hardware is expensive. But it would be hard to find another aspect of your business where you can more easily spend a little to save a lot.

You want to know you are spending money on the right aspects of your infrastructure, to reap maximum benefits in productivity and cost.

Key benefits

  • Hugely resilient infrastructure
  • Can be more cost / environmentally efficient
  • Accessible from any device, anywhere, at any time

If a company of 30 people earning an average of £30,000 per person invests an additional £1,000 in a server that results in a saving of 15 minutes per user per week (just 3 minutes a day), the company will recover the £1,000 in 8 weeks.

Productivity of your people aside, improving your infrastructure can also bring down your day to day costs: we estimate that every five-year-old server costs £1,000 more per year to run than a new one. New server technology means that two virtualised servers can now do the work of five old ones, bringing a huge reduction in energy consumption as well as space and connectivity. Faster drives also mean that your users spend less time waiting for data and more time working with it.

Upgrades are not about investing in the latest technology just for the sake of it, but about identifying the pinch points in your business, and picking the solution that will help. You will save money and your staff will thank you for it.

How does it work?

We work with you to identify the areas of infrastructure that will deliver significant business benefits through being upgraded. These might include:

  • Servers – if they are over four years old, the increased risk of failure means you should consider increased warranty or upgrade
  • Connectivity – new ways of working such as cloud services will mean increased bandwidth requirements that can’t be supported by ADSL
  • Monitors – giving each user two monitors is a trivial cost that can have a huge impact on productivity
  • Wireless – Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and higher expectations around speed and reliability can mean choosing a robust and sophisticated system such as those from HP Aruba
  • Cabling and wiring – within the next few years, we are likely to see 10Gb networking to the desktop as standard, which will require upgraded wiring
  • Licensing – we can often achieve significant savings through changes to software licenses

Based on this, we put in place a recommended upgrade plan that takes into account your expenditure preferences and sensible timings.

Every recommendation is based on carefully costed business benefits, and upgrade projects are carefully managed, with extensive testing before rollout to your business.

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