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.

Modernization and Transformation

 

Modernization and TransformationIn a dynamic IT environment, the need to periodically modernize is inevitable. Companies deploying computer architectures a decade or more ago are now finding they can no longer effectively support modern data processing demands. Although the modernization process seems like it would be relatively simple, it is usually includes an opportunity to transform current operations into a more productive, efficient, and less expensive state, as well. It offers an opportunity to transition from operations-as-usual to an entirely new method for delivering IT services.

This may include:

  • Cloud Services (private, hybrid, shared, or public)
  • Virtualization (replace systems with logical devices)
  • Software-as-a-Service (or other XX-as-Service)
  • IT Commoditization (a generic computing model)
  • Remotely Managed Support Services
  • Outsourced Operations (locally or overseas)

However, modernization/transformation of computer operations in today’s dynamic processing environment can be difficult. Regardless of how necessary they may be, the long-term ramifications for these decisions can be far-reaching, expensive, and counter-intuitive.

Challenges:

Companies faced with the task of modernizing their IT environment to capitalize on more efficient processes and/or emerging technologies must first understand how well the new IT strategy will align with their current business vison and objectives.  Also included in the evaluation should be the new structure’s flexibility and scalability, to gracefully accommodate market growth and uncertainty.  In addition, the current systems must be replaced without negatively impacting daily operations.

Some of the many challenge IT organizations face:
  • Ensuring business alignment
  • Improving operational efficiency
  • Working within present and future budgetary constraints
  • Management of excessive demand for storage growth
  • Data protection and disaster recovery requirements
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance is maintained
  • Guaranteeing an uninterrupted continuation of Cybersecurity protection
  • Addressing new mobility equipment issues and challenges
  • Determining the degree of virtualization to be implemented
  • Identifying applications and systems interdependencies
  • Effective updates to policies, processes, and procedures
  • Internal staff qualifications and training requirements

If ignored, these problems will continue to build until a major interruption occurs or overall systems performance degrades to an intolerable level.  Seldom will these deficiencies improve on their own, or resolve themselves over time!

Our Solution:

Data Center Enhancement Inc. can act as your guide throughout this process, bringing a fresh perspective, vendor-neutral approach, and industry best-practices to bear on the problem.  We have many years of experience helping companies to upgrade their IT environments and transform aging infrastructure into a modern and efficient computing operation.  Particularly important areas of focus include:

  • Strategic alignment of IT with the stated direction of the business
  • Evaluation of current and emerging industry technologies to identify which one promises the greatest benefit for your organization.
  • Policy, procedure, and process modifications to support an enhanced IT environment
  • Tactical program specification to ease the transition to a new environment
  • Testing and Quality Assurance programs to ensure the transition is successful
  • A solid Cybersecurity transition plan to ensure data is continuously protected
  • Detailed project planning and project execution management
  • Orchastrating a non-invasive, non-disruptive transition from current to future state operations

Our optimized transformation program will ensure your target IT environment is flexible, scalable, and resilient; readily adaptable for the demands of the next generation of corporate computing.

Next Steps:

The modernization and transformation of an existing IT operation is a large and complex undertaking.  We recommend a structured, methodical approach to its planning, which includes:

  • An initial feasibility study
  • Inventory and analysis of the installed IT structure
  • Clarification of strategic objectives for transformation
  • Identification and evaluation of the most promising technological approaches
  • Tentative planning and budgeting

In addition, this program should be segmented into an Agile-like series of smaller projects that will yield quick, tangible successes and ensure the maximum degree of agility and flexibility can be maintained throughout the effort.

Contact:

If you’re ready to immediately embark on a modernization and transformation project, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  However if you are aware that something needs to be done, but are struggling with how to start moving in the proper direction, we have several simple assessment methods that can capture and assemble the information necessary to make good decisions about this project. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this critical program.