When analyzing at your IT infrastructure it is normal for questions to arise such as: Is my IT framework obsolete? How to intelligently renew my infrastructure?
Taking into consideration the doubts that follow the process of planning and renovating a private infrastructure, we have prepared some important steps that will assist you in the decision making, so that you will be ready to plan and execute the renovation of your technology park.
The first step is to analyze the current infrastructure in action and its impact on the company. You must take into account the year it was manufactured and hardware performance, while it is in peak demand.
Having analyzed the year it was manufactured and the amount of time the physical equipment has been in use and if it is found that the equipment is old, the chances of being outdated increase, then a more assertive analysis is to be done, taking into consideration the following topics:
Having done this, you'll already have a good conclusion about the life of your infrastructure. Another point for analysis is performance testing, to get a benchmark relating to requests from the company’s technology environment. Performance tests consist of studying how many concurrent requests the environment can handle without a noticeable or noticeable drop in production performance, these tests should always consider the following characteristics:
These points may not be unique hardware issues, so there is a need for a more detailed analysis, to obtain a testing benchmark to compare with more current hardware.
Taking into consideration that your current infrastructure really needs renovation, the phase of assimilating new technologies should begin. By learning about new features, you will be better prepared to define which features best align with your IT demand and business.
The new solutions studied should consider: computing, storage, and networking in order to maximize performance and lower long-term costs.
The analyzed hardware should provide a facilitated solution for process automation and environment virtualization. This way you will be innovating, simplifying IT processes and enabling the potential for infra-growth to be smarter and more efficient.
In short, for a new solution to be considered good for deployment, it must meet the following demands:
Having analyzed your infrastructure and studied new solutions, you will be ready to plan the renewal of your IT environment, to begin the planning phase, take into consideration all the details that involve the strengths and weaknesses of your environment, maximizing the migration phase to adjust for potential failures that would be difficult to adjust in the operating environment.
Good planning should respectively consider the following topics:
The test phase is where new hardware will be used experimentally, replicating the current production environment and punctuating the gains and losses of this operation, we can divide the testing phase into the following steps:
The adjustment phase is where the losses defined in the testing phase must be circumvented, adjusted or replaced with solutions that meet your demands. The adjustment phase has the following steps:
The next step is to define which means to use for migrating from the current environment to the new environment with security and data integrity, always with an up-to-date backup and rollback plan, in case of a migration failure. This phase we can follow these steps:
All tasks should be defined at the planning stage and organized by start date, duration and expected completion by distributing tasks to skilled employees, you should pay attention to tasks that depend on others and activities that can be done in parallel to expedite processes, the stages of the task setting phase can be done as follows:
Finally, the testing of the new production should be performed to the maximum extent simulating the company's recurring demand. By following these steps and validating the new environment, you might consider the renewal of your IT infrastructure successful, the testing is similar to the first phase, but now in the new production environment, validations should consider:
We have seen that in order to renew an outdated IT infrastructure, we must first analyze the limits and possibilities of the infrastructure itself and compare them with the possible new solutions that you intended to deploy, so that an intelligent decision can be made. If you want an alternative that can deliver innovation, security and scalability, Cloud Computing could be the right choice. By migrating your current environment to a cloud framework, you transfer hardware concerns to your service provider, scale your environment as you need it, and have the flexibility to test new solutions without directly affecting your production.