Data Center Enhancements Inc.

 
September 24, 2020  

Experts-on-Demand

Sometimes incisive technical insight can be exactly what's needed to solve complex IT Architecture problems or get a struggling project back on track. Bringing in an experienced Subject Matter Expert can make all the difference in the world! Our company provides Senior IT Consultants on an on-demand basis. We ensure top technical skills, advanced industry knowledge, and depth-and-breadth of experience are available when you need it, without draining your IT budget!

Storage Infrastructure Stabilization

Your Production data storage equipment may be functional, but is it stable? All IT equipment tends to suffer "creeping disorganization" over time. Passwords aren't updated, obsolete data is not removed., I/O paths become unbalanced, naming conventions overlooked, security patches not installed, etc. Our Storage Infrastructure Stabilization Assessment goes back-to-basics and ensures all configuration and features have been properly implemented and are operating at maximum efficiency.

SAN/NAS Capacity Assessment

Data Center Enhancements Inc. offers a comprehensive analysis program for evaluating storage, capturing key growth and performance metrics, analyzing data, and presenting the results in a coherent and professional document. This review usually entails a detailed examination of all storage components, design configuration, performance, power consumption, policies and procedures, physical resource consumption, support costs, skills requirements, and other aspects of the infrastructure.

Data Center Assessment

Data Center Enhancements provides a thorough, in-depth review of all aspects of a data center including but not limited to: underutilized servers/storage, power consumption, cooling, floor space, rack space, useful lifespan of equipment, regulatory compliance, security, and other aspects of the production environment, to name a few. The issues we identify help reduce IT expenses and improve operational efficiency. We provide industry-leading senior consultants to perform all of our assessments. Our consultants provide a complete review of the IT operating environment with technical, performance, and financial considerations in mind, and deliver consolidation and virtualization recommendations to reduce total cost of ownership.

Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment

Organization, preparation, regular testing, and frequent updates to include any changes are the keys to DR planning success. Due to the unpredictability a disaster event can bring your company, a DCEI Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment will help ensure you are ready. Our Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment is designed to identify areas where critical business processes need protection, and recommend alternative approaches that allow your company to meet both Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). It will outline steps necessary to ensure business resiliency in the event of a local or regional catastrophe.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

 

Disaster Recovery and Business ContinuityWe live in a world that is always on – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today’s customer no longer lives down the street or in the immediate area. They can be located anywhere in the nation or in any other part of the world. The reach of a global Internet demands that IT operations remain operational and responsive any time potential clients want to contact your system. Any interruption may cause customers to abandon your website and click on the next provider listed. Modern computing infrastructure must be designed to be highly resilient and tolerant to local equipment failures. But what happens when major catastrophic event occur that disrupts your business? If your IT operations are confronted with a major loss of resources, is it capable of smoothly and flawlessly transitioning operations to other facilities without suffering a loss of services? Once restored, will accounts continue where they left off, or will they need to roll back to some earlier point to ensure data corruption did not occur?

Challenges:

Computer outages are usually painfully expensive. Not only is the continual revenue stream interrupted, but the organization also incurs additional costs from:

  • Detection, containment, recovery, and return to service
  • Loss of employee productivity during the outage
  • Lost or corrupted transactions that were in-process
  • Negative impact on the company's reputation
  • Customer churn and reduced market share
  • Potential loss of future business opportunities
Customers are very unforgiving of disruptions of services. If they are unable to maintain their session due to delivery problems with your system, they will quickly move on. Once they've moved on, it can be extremely difficult to dissuade lost clients from utilizing your competitor’s products.

Our Solution:

Operational integrity is an ability to absorb a catastrophic evert at the primary site, and seamlessly shift operations to a secondary site without any disruption in products and services whatsoever. In addition, this solution must be functional, efficient, economical, and manageable to ensure it doesn’t cost an exorbitant amount to maintain. To accomplish the business objectives of a failover operation, every aspect of business and operations must be evaluated to ensure there are no inherent vulnerabilities. Both internal and external IT architectures must be designed to be robust, performant, secure, and economical.

Next Steps:

Any discussion of operational continuity must began with business management. What are the goals and objectives of the organization? How quickly must operations be restored, and to what extent? Can they be phased in, focusing on critical systems first, or must they all remain on-line throughout the event. First steps should include:

  • Executive and stakeholder interviews
  • Management workshops
  • An equipment inventory
  • Gap analysis studies
  • Identification of all key business processes

Once we have a clear understanding of the organizations risks from a catastrophic event, we can assist you with the development of a disaster recovery plan that is comprehensive in coverage, yet economical to deploy.

Contact:

If you’re ready to move ahead with the formulation of your disaster recovery program, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However, if you already know a change in your disaster recovery plan is needed but are struggling with where to start, we have several assessment programs that can provide the information necessary to make good decisions. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this complex issue.