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Dec 7, 2012

Is Colocation part of your 2013 IT strategy?

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Are you the SMB or new startup who began housing a server in your spare closet? Or is your mid-size business booming with application usage and customers who can’t get enough of your product? Or are you the enterprise that has the hardware, capital and manpower you need, and are now considering building your own data center facility?

If you are facing challenges managing your IT Infrastructure, now is the time to set the strategy for 2013. At each stage of a company lifecycle, a new hurdle will present itself, so before you make the decision to partner with a colocation provider, here are some factors to consider.

Colocation drivers, benefits and ROI – Performance, scalability and data growth are the top infrastructure challenges for enterprises.

Build your own data center – Did you know the average cost of building a data center is between $1000 and $1500 per square foot? This is important to consider when evaluating long-term, cost-effective options.

Scalability – Leading data centers now offer power capacities of up to 12Kw per rack – more power, same footprint.

As you plan for next year, how do you know if colocation is the right solution for your organization? And more importantly, how do you make the case for it?

Want to learn more? Our Colocation Buyer’s Guide is a comprehensive resource to help you make an informed decision about colocation.

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Nov 27, 2012

Top five business infrastructure resolutions for 2013

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It’s never too early to start reflecting on New Year resolutions for 2013, including those that relate to business infrastructure services and planning. With a new year, there is a sense of starting with a clean slate and having the opportunity to improve over prior years. Often, the goals and objectives remain the same, but a fresh approach may deliver results that ultimately hit the mark. Goals such as reducing infrastructure costs, improving network performance and increasing resource efficiency tend to rollover from year to year. Consider these proposed resolutions to help you achieve your business infrastructure goals and move forward.

Resolution #1: Create a detailed inventory of company servers and business applications.

  • What are server types, quantity, use and location?
  • What is the utilization per server?
  • What disaster recovery environments exist for mission critical applications?

Resolution #2: Assess critical needs and identify infrastructure services required to meet them.

  • What are the development, web, mission critical, disaster recovery needs?
  • What are the network performance requirements for key applications and users?
  • How quickly does a new server need to be provisioned and for how long will it be used?
  • What are the needs related to the physical location of a server? Is nearby colocation an option? Does distance matter?
  • Is it necessary to retain management of servers or is managed hosting a viable option?
  • Is cloud computing an option for certain needs?

Resolution #3: Identify opportunities to consolidate and decommission infrastructure and applications.

  • What applications are able to reside on the same server?
  • Are multiple applications serving the same or similar needs?

Resolution #4: Survey the market to evaluate the benefit that is derived from infrastructure service providers such as Internap.

  • Consider cost savings that result from the right mix of services and resources, e.g., hybrid solutions.
  • Consider patented technologies that are available such as Internap’s Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) that optimizes network performance and solves latency issues.
  • Consider premium colocation that results in economies of scale in a secured environment along with a portfolio of ancillary services.
  • Consider the ability to meet diverse needs with a single provider, from colocation to managed hosting to cloud services.

Resolution #5: Set up a system to track infrastructure assets and services on an ongoing basis.

  • Establish a periodic review to manage infrastructure assets and delivery.
  • Identify tools to assist with asset management and control.
  • Utilize tools that are provided by IT Infrastructure services providers such as Internap, which include device visualization, monitoring and remote management capabilities.

To learn more about how Internap can set your business infrastructure up for success, contact us today.

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Sep 7, 2012

Six questions to ask when reassessing your IT goals

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Questions to ask when re-assessing your IT goalsEvery summer Formula 1 takes a break from the ‘circus’ with a two-week enforced factory shutdown. The teams are not allowed to work in the factory or on the cars. It gives everyone the chance to sit back and relax from the first half of the year. What it also does is give the teams, engineers, principals, managers and drivers time to think about how they are going to approach the rest of the year. How are they going to get the next 1/10 of a second out of that wing? How are they going to manage the pit stop strategies as they go to places notorious for dynamic weather patterns, for instance the last race at Spa. These are the types of questions that they are thinking about, planning for and waiting to act upon.

This time can also be an opportunity for you as an IT professional to look back and reassess how the first half of your year has gone. During these last few days of summer you can take a break too, just like Formula 1 teams, and spend it planning — either how to improve the resources you have now or to move on to a better resource, which helps to sharpen and make more effective your team’s resources.

Here are some questions you may want to consider when reassessing your IT goals for the rest of the year:

  • Do you have any budget left you could use before the close of the year?
  • If so, what projects are at the top of your list?
  • Have you met all of your planned data needs? Where are you at with capacity to support more data/media on your current servers/hardware?
  • Have your customers been complaining about slow performance or dropped sessions with your applications/website? How can you improve? Is it time to add web acceleration technologies?
  • Do you have upcoming seasonal needs? Is it time to try out the cloud to avoid capital expenditures?
  • What can you do to make the rest of your year more productive?

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking as summer comes to a close. What other things are you considering as we enter the last few months of 2012?

 

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