Large Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions and Implementation
There has been a lot of talk about new advances in large enterprise infrastructure solutions and how most of it seems to be headed straight toward the cloud. Having said that, though, it turns out that a lot of these big companies are actually taking their time to adopt some of these changes, and they remain just behind the technology curve.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) could provide companies with a wide range of benefits. If it is properly implemented throughout a company, it could save a lot of money, reduce the number of capital investments to build capacity, eliminate all the software licensing, installs, and upgrades, as well as the hardware maintenance and configuration. On top of that, companies would not need to maintain an IT staff of administrators and engineers to take care of the inevitable network problems.
With a list of benefits like that, it would seem natural for large enterprises to look at these new infrastructure solutions and start making the change as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
The simple fact of the matter is that large enterprises have got to this point by relying on a very specific IT infrastructure. They are reluctant to make the switch to a new and comparatively untested solution because it would be like pulling up their house by the foundation. If they don’t have something solid to land on, everything will collapse on them. So despite all the hype that surrounds virtualization, cloud computing, and distributed databases and applications, it may be a while for those huge companies to fully make the switch.
There have, of course, been a number of efforts to implement these solutions on a smaller scale, and more and more companies are realizing the importance of making the switch as soon as possible. The cost benefits and increased efficiency are simply too important to overlook.
When a company takes advantage of IaaS it will be able to pay for the server and storage space it needs, and nothing more. This means that instead of making a huge investment in blade servers and storage space, on the assumption or anticipation that you will need them some day, you will simply pay for what you need at that moment. Then, as your company shrinks or grows, you can adjust your service to match.
Virtualization and cloud computing are changing the way that a lot of companies think about managing their infrastructure. There are a number of solutions on the market that can help even the biggest companies start making the switch. It may not be the easiest or the fastest change, but it can deliver the kind of cost-effective performance that companies need in a competitive and dynamic industry.
The author writes about a range of technologies for large enterprise business units.