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.

Transition to Cloud Services

Servers in the Cloud

According to the 2014 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, at least 61% of all corporations have one or more applications in “the Cloud”!  Partially or fully transitioning IT operations to virtualized Cloud-based services has become the “new normal” for delivery of computer services in this decade.

On the surface, a migration of some or all IT services to “the Cloud” is very compelling.  Some of its many benefits include:

  • A reduction of capital expenditures (CAPEX)
  • The elimination of over-provisioning
  • Increased systems agility and scalability
  • Improved speed of new application deployment
  • Self-Service On-Demand for users
  • Simplified Disaster Recovery protection
  • Enhanced systems management and reporting

Cloud computing has ushered in an entirely new method for providing computing services to users.  The opportunity to manage expenses, greater flexibility/scalability, improved delivery of services, and simplified provisioning provide a very compelling argument for migration to Cloud-based Services.

Challenges:

Unfortunately, a number of issues that complicate or impede this decision lie just under the surface.  What is the status of the existing computing structure and what equipment will be retired after the transition is complete?  Which applications would benefit most by execution from a “Cloud” model? How do you ensure data security is maintained, both during the migration and after the data has been relocated to someone’s Cloud Services Facility?  How can you create Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure an appropriate level of performance is provided without overpaying for capacity?  How are the Cloud systems monitored and what reporting structure is offered to ensure you retain visibility into your computing environment?

One of the greatest challenges an organization transitioning to the Cloud will face is how to ensure the necessary degree of cultural change occurs to take advantage of the new computing model.  Without proper training and preparation, individual productivity may drop in spite of the fact that you’ve introduced a more efficient computing model.

Our Solution:

The IT Specialists at Data Center Enhancements Inc. will address these, and other issues to ensure your transition to the Cloud delivers the desired results.  Some of the services we provide include:

  • Cloud Feasibility Studies – On the surface transitioning to “Cloud Services” sounds ideal, but is it?  Our technical assessments can help you make that decision before significant amounts of time and money are committed.
  • Strategy and Planning – We’ll help you develop an optimal strategy that’s right for your company and transition plans to seamlessly integrate Cloud services into current IT operations.
  • Gap Analysis – We help you identify what infrastructure, tools, processes, procedures, security measures and training will be necessary for a successful transition to “the Cloud”.
  • Revised Service Level Agreements – We can help you create effective Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that will ensure applications’ performance can be sustained.
  • Data Security Structure Enhancements – We will identify, analyze, and recommend modifications and/or updates to your existing security system to keep data safe in “the Cloud”.
  • Employee Re-training and Cultural Change

To be successful, your transition to Cloud services must include developing new skill sets and overcoming internal resistance to change.  We can work with your HR Dept. to help smooth this key transition to a new IT operating model.

Next Steps:

We recommend scheduling a 3-5 day workshop to examine all aspects of a transition to Cloud Services to understand its benefits, challenges, economics, and feasibility.   The outcome of this meeting should result in high-level Decision Document encompassing the issues brought forward during the workshop and presenting both a primary recommendation and alternatives.  The material will contain enough detail for presentation to Senior Management, Stakeholders, and other major participants who may be impacted by a transition to Cloud Services.

Contact:

If you’re ready to transition to Cloud services immediately, give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  However, if you feel a Cloud-based solution may be in your future but are struggling with how to get started, we have several programs that can help answer questions and get your team moving forward.  Please give us 30-minutes to help bring clarity to this important decision.