IT Infrastructure as a Business Catalyst

Whether in Oil & Gas exploration, doing scientific research, providing financial services, running a major league sports operation, or just selling some sourdough, the success and subsequent profits for today’s businesses are largely dependent on how well they capitalize on the technology available.

Every business-critical application requires infrastructure underpinnings like compute, storage, and networking. When it comes to realizing the full potential that any contemporary business has, having the right infrastructure in place can mean the difference between feast and famine. The right infrastructure saves a business time and money, which can be better invested elsewhere to deliver business value.

When it comes to realizing the full potential that any contemporary business has, having the right infrastructure in place can mean the difference between feast and famine.

Consider these three crucial infrastructure qualities:

Performance and Scalability

Time is money. The ability to crunch data and process orders translates directly into dollars and cents for many businesses. Therefore, it follows that being able to perform those key tasks faster will lead to better results. Faster infrastructure equates to faster applications which results in a highly efficient user experience that yields better business outcomes.

Yesterday’s “infrastructure powerhouse” has become today’s legacy infrastructure thanks to rigidity in deployment. Extending legacy infrastructure can be difficult and costly. The modern option allows you to bake into your infrastructure flexibility and scalability, allowing you stay fresh, current, and speedy. Build infrastructure capable of supporting the business needs of today as well as those that emerge tomorrow.

Full-Stack Security

Data is your organization’s lifeblood. The safety of business data and that of your customers and users is a dominant concern today, and for good reason. Business of all shapes and sizes are under attack, as front-page headlines confirm on a frequent basis. Business-critical applications—which have their own security considerations—require infrastructure for which security is an inherent ingredient and applies across the environment.

Good security, however, doesn’t come at the expense of the user experience or application performance. As you build a recipe for your organization’s next infrastructure strategy, consider ingredients that don’t require outsized tradeoffs in either security or performance. Believe it or not, you can have it all! Ongoing developments in both hardware- and software-based security make this possible.

Operational Efficiency

Nothing slowly—and almost imperceptibly—undermines business priorities quite like the insidiousness that is inefficiency. Complexity is a notorious breeding ground for inefficiency and waste. It can lead to an inordinate amount of time spent “keeping the lights on” versus focusing on more productive activities. Infrastructure built to give businesses an edge will need to feature a disarming level of outward-facing simplicity and ease of use. The efficiency that simplicity creates will pay serious operational dividends.