In Todays fast moving and ever changing world, its seems like there is always a new “version” or update to a phone or an “app”.
Welcome to Technology.
The same holds true for your IT environment. Here is where the dilemma lies.
- How do you justify a Server refresh, when you just refreshed a couple of years prior?
- How do you gain the trust of your decision makers when the perception may be an update is only for internal purposes to “have the latest and greatest?
How do you build your business case? Here are some factors that we need to keep in mind:
- Operational cost reductions
- Maintenance cost avoidance
- Service reliability
- Better server consolidation ratios
- Application licensing
- Breaking the vicious cycle
What are some industry standard approaches?
The first and obvious reason to refresh server hardware is to consolidate multiple server applications onto fewer (and generally, newer) machines using virtualization.
This is where Tier 4 Technologies Capacity Planning strategies come into play. A well-designed IT hardware refresh policy delivers a wide range of operational and financial benefits.
- Reduces risks of incidents and outages
- Reduces duration of outage incidents
- Reduces IT infrastructure complexity through hardware standardizatoin
- Adds new capabilities and functionality by using new hardware
- Reduces security audit items by replacing unsupported hardware
- Reduces IT infrastructure capital expense (CapEx) and operating expense (OpEx)
- Increases the transparency of the IT budget and spend to business users
- Improves visibility into future infrastructure investments
- Centralizes the funding of required infrastructure refresh investments
- But capturing these benefits requires collaboration across the organization. The involvement of stakeholders from the engineering, operations, and application development groups in IT, and from Finance and key business users are needed if these benefits are to be fully realized.