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IT Consulting and Cost Effectiveness

 
IT Consulting

Sometimes what a business needs most when it comes to IT services and support is timely pertinent information about various technologies and the benefits for the organization in terms of both efficiency and cost.  An IT consulting firm can be an invaluable asset in this regard because they generally know the whole layout of an entire domain or field of IT, such as data centers.  Such firms have data readily available, so to speak, and can offer well-rounded advice that is based on both experience and research.

All about NAS: Network Attached Storage

 
IT consultant

Most business enterprises are more than familiar with the concept of hard disk storage, both of the internal and external varieties.  Much less familiar is the term NAS, which refers to network attached storage.  This structure also uses a hard drive, but in the case of NAS the drive is configured to interface with more than a single computer.  

Cost and Productivity Benefits of a Managed Services Approach

 
Managed services

Individual businesses who have adopted a managed services model for their IT needs know that the benefits of such an approach are easily quantified in terms of lowered costs and improved productivity.  Small and medium-sized businesses who are just starting to dip their toes into the waters of managed services, however, may want to see data on this point before exploring this option further. 

Virtual Capacity Management: Supply and Demand Issues

 

The design of a virtual infrastructure that will adequately address enterprise needs, like so much else in business, operates according to the laws of supply and demand.  In the business world, these market forces help to determine the quantities of a product that will be both sought by consumers and available to them.  A similar set of phenomena are at work in a virtualized computing environment, but in this case, the product being sought is the allocation of physical resources and the ‘consumers’ seeking those resources are the virtual machines themselves.

Advantages of Virtualized Data Centers

 

Most small and medium-sized business enterprises that have dipped their toes into the waters of virtualization have done so with a cautious optimism, limiting their virtualized operations to specific functions while the enterprise gained more confidence in the technology. Now that cloud computing and virtualization has proven itself in key ways to be reliable and robust, companies are increasingly seeking to move their data centers onto full virtualization. Key benefits of such a move include lower costs and increased levels of efficiency, but these are rather vague terms. It is helpful for enterprises to understand in more detail how virtualization is able to offer these benefits.

DHS May Save Up to 10% by Using Cloud-Based Data Services

 

At a recent Congressional Hearing, the Chief Information Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security testified that migrating key data and systems to a cloud-computing platform might save the department as much 10% of its information technology costs.  This cost saving level is significant and represents a way to free up needed resources so they will become available for other pressing needs, a situation that parallels the financial needs of business enterprises as well.

Managed Programs Approach Yields Predictable IT Spending

 
Managed programs

A managed programs approach to IT services maximizes profitability by minimizing downtime, but this is far from the only benefit the model offers.  Another huge advantage it presents to businesses is the shifting of IT expenses toward a predictable, steady amount the enterprise pays at regular intervals.  Before using managed programs, many enterprises found that their IT spending was all over the map. Despite attempts to account for IT on an ongoing basis, IT needs might fluctuate so wildly that much spending was unplanned and even performed on an emergency basis to keep systems up and running.

Double Digit Growth Rate Projected for Managed Services

 
Infrastructure

A new analysis of the IT services world has concluded that businesses will adopt managed services models at an increasing rate in the next four years, a situation that will cause this sector of the IT solutions market to grow at an average rate of 12% throughout that period.  By the end of 2015, the industry will handle $47 billion worth of business compared to $29 billion during 2010. 

Managed Services: The Hybrid Services Model

 
Cloud computing

More and more businesses are becoming familiar with a managed services approach to IT infrastructure. The adoption of cloud technology is increasing at a rapid pace as enterprises use applications such as Google Docs that enhance productivity and efficiency.  Cloud services are now shifting into another phase, however, with the adoption of technologies that can more properly be termed "hybrid services."

Network Design Services as a Business Aid

 
Network Design

Individuals and businesses traditionally think of infrastructure as something that must be installed and maintained at the same site where computer users will be present.  This same attitude used to prevail about software; it had to be installed on a user's local machine or on a network server connected to that machine.  The advent of cloud computing has largely changed users' perceptions about software; most people now understand that applications such as email and document editing can be installed at very distant locations with users accessing them online using common web browsers such as Internet Explore and Firefox.

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