Need for Improved IT Infrastructure
Article by Rishikesh Kamat
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Organizations challenged with expansion of their captive data centers are looking at improved IT infra to gain agility and cost efficiencies
Nilesh Rane, Netmagic Solutions
Organizations world over has been in a state of seemingly endless transformation – from adoption of newer business strategies to many forms of technology adoption to do business better and faster. There is an eminent need for being agile to anticipate and adapt, become highly efficient in terms of cost – all to remain firmly ahead of the competitive pack.
Organizations are trying to attain an ever-agile, scalable, reliable and global IT infrastructure that can help them gain competitive edge at the same time support current and future needs of the business.
Compliance and Need for Growth Drives IT Spends
Globalization is on top of the business agenda for majority of Indian organizations today. The complex and global nature of business presents an immediate challenge of deploying IT infrastructure on a worldwide scale.
Even within locally growing businesses, there is an eminent need for improved IT infrastructure that is able to cater to increasing business demands from technology – higher efficiency, improved flexibility and scale.
Another challenge facing growing organizations is the stringent regulatory and compliance landscape. Especially in India, efforts to increase regulations and compliance are forcing organizations to change the way they do business. These regulatory factors put further pressure on IT. Globally growing organizations are subjected to domestic and international regulations.
Organizations need to understand risks on real time, and manage their business effectively and efficiently. To meet these changing and complex needs of the business, IT needs to be flexible, robust and scalable while keeping costs low. IT deployments will also have to speed up to ensure that any business change can be timely addressed by IT.
Imagine a scenario where a company wants to start a new business in a new geography or expanding current footprint to a new country. Finding an ideal location, deploying a data center, hiring IT staff, enabling necessary business applications, and the time and expense that goes into doing all this will most likely sink expansion plans from becoming a competitive edge for the organization. It is easier to find and work with an existing IT service provider who has the infrastructure and resources ready to deploy quickly.
Another factor affecting business is the growing need for zero-delay in business transactions. Competition is increasing at such an alarming pace that customer loyalty is no more an easy task for these globally growing businesses. An ecommerce site that delivers fastest page loads is more likely to get maximum customers. Within financial services organizations, high frequency trading has put competitors jockeying for making trading as fast as possible, reducing latency from milliseconds down to microseconds and nanoseconds. All this is increasingly putting pressure on IT infrastructure to achieve high performance and ultra-low latency.
Top among business objectives that become key drivers for IT spending in India are:
- Managing Risk
- Business Growth
- Adhering to Compliance
- Operational Efficiency
- Latency Reduction
- Cost Reduction
Benefits of Improved IT Infrastructure
In India, over the last 10 years or so, organizations have done tremendously well in implementing state-of-the-art IT systems that have helped them grow and achieve global standards.
These organizations have built data centers and IT infrastructures that helped them grow in the face of economic instabilities, new challenges and opportunities, and business adversities. Unfortunately, most of these infrastructures are running out of capacity to facilitate the next wave of growth for these organizations.
Today, most captive data centers are facing issues of some kind or other – either the infra is too big to house within the company’s premises, or technology has grown much faster than the older data center, or it is simply not enough to cater to dynamically growing business needs of the company.
IT infrastructures that are required by organizations today need unprecedented levels of agility, speed and reliability. Organizations need to:
- be able to quickly adapt to change
- scale up in the face of newer opportunities
- stay ahead of competition
- deploy new products and services faster into the marketplace
- achieve lower latency in business
- ensure high availability of all business critical resources
Now, creating an infrastructure that is future-ready, state-of-the-art and enables an organization to achieve high levels of agility, speed and reliability can be high on cost, time consuming and extremely complex.
The best solution that companies can take advantage of here is to take help from experts to create such an infrastructure.
With colocation services organizations can expand operations with ease at low initial capital. Organizations can scale as per business needs, and create flexible IT systems. They can manage their business, not their equipment – experts from colo providers manage and monitor client infrastructure economically.