If you’ve been around more than five minutes, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed that data centres have changed almost beyond recognition in the last few years. Gone are the sprawling acres of devices, the storage libraries big enough to house a small family, the harassed IT professionals shedding blood, sweat and tears to perform system upgrades. Well, you may still see a few of them if you know where to look.
Still, times have changed since we began 22 years ago – the year the first Pentium processors were released, and, for the gamers among us, Doom was launched. We’ve made it our business to never stop mastering new advances in technology, so while we won’t claim to be Doom experts, we enjoy flying the Australian flag when it comes to breaking new ground in IT. We were first in Australia to sell IBM’s X3690, and first in the world to establish SDDN on Lenovo switches.
Here’s our list of the things smart businesses need to know now about infrastructure:
- Even though hardware is becoming more commoditised, it still pays to seek out the best performance, reliability and security features (it has been a few years since the System x range, recently acquired from IBM by Lenovo, was beaten to the top spot. Given their investment, we don’t see that changing any time soon). Those performance increments can still make a difference if you want to run demanding apps like analytics any time soon.
- Your competitors may also be smart enough to check those performance stats. If you’re using the same building blocks, the focus shifts to getting advice from the smartest builder. While your rival is still building a basic structure, you can be building something extraordinary – the opera house of infrastructure.
- Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you won’t have missed a lot of stats by a lot of analysts and vendors, about the massive data growth organisations face, year on year. Imagine how much you think you may need to scale in the next five years, then treble it! Again, Lenovo are worth watching for their easily connected, everything scalable approach. We find it is worth helping our customers to model projected needs, but also to prepare for the unexpected, so expect agility to be a big focus.
- Simplify, simplify, simplify. If you’re aiming for agile (and you should be), the simpler your infrastructure’s management and administration, the faster you can make changes. Some concepts to check out include virtualisation, software defined data centres (SDDC) and cloud-in-a-box options like PureFlex.
- Focus on your core business and decide you don’t really need to distract yourself with infrastructure (in which case, items 1 to 4 may be irrelevant). There are a lot of options that let someone else take on the infrastructure wrangling while you concentrate on business growth activities. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) gives you access to enterprise-level technologies without the major corporate price tag, and with the right partner, fully managed services are a high gain, low risk approach. Look for Lenovo Managed Service Partners for peace of mind. Unless infrastructure is your business, maybe you just need to know whose business it is.
For more information about infrastructure, whether in-house, cloud, as a managed service, or your own combination, have a chat with us. Contact us on 1300 001 337