Whether you’ve gotten to the point where your business has become big enough to warrant it’s own IT solution and infrastructure, or you’re upgrading an existing set-up to meet the new demands and needs that come with growth or transformation, deciding what you’ll actually want and need can be difficult and hard to pin down. How much storage do you need? What type of storage do you need? And is that going to change over the course of the next five years? Once you’ve pinned down the question of storage of course, there’s the task of deciding what virtualisation functions you may need, cloud services – and those are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve put together a quick guide to run through for anyone considering whether or not they need to extend their IT setups, looking at a few key questions to ask.
Outlining the Needs of Your Business
An obvious point to look at, but one that can often go unturned in the initial stages of planning out your solution, mainly because it can be tempting to look through the equipment and solutions and say ‘I’d like that’, or ‘Let’s get those’. While this method is fine, and professional Solutions Architects will always be there to advise you, it isn’t predominantly thinking about your business; it’s thinking about equipment. A good way around this is to outline the current needs of your business that may have lead you to consider upgrading your IT in the first place, then, as you make your way through each of these factors, there’s sure to be a corresponding solution that our Solutions Architects can suggest.
Look at Where Your Business Is at Now, and Where It’s Likely to Be at in Five Years Time
To extend on outlining the needs of your business, try looking at present challenges and what has changed in the last six to twelve months, as this will help to ground your decision in the present and not get too carried away with the future.
Just to completely contradict that last point, it’s also good to look ahead to where you plan to be in five, maybe even ten year’s time. Now in case you’re left confused by the previous piece of advice to not get too carried away with the future, the key is to strike a realistic balance between making room for growth by looking ahead, and looking at what you actually need in the present moment.
‘Why?’ and ‘What?’ Can Be Answered by Thinking ‘Where?’, and ‘When?’
Why are you upgrading your IT solution? What is it that you want to aim for? Try asking yourself questions like: ‘Where do I want to be able to access my network from?’, and ‘When do I want to access it?’. Today, a lot of businesses operate 24/7 and on-the-go, so having an always-on, always-accessible infrastructure can be key for multi-device, multi-location functioning. Picture your operations and when and where you and your workforce will be accessing, working and transferring data. All of these aspects can help you find the perfect IT solution.
To speak with one of our Solutions Architects about what will work for you, simply give us a call on 0345 345 1110 and tell us about your storage situation, we’re more than happy to chat and listen. Alternatively, email us and we’ll get back to you.