Scaling Your I.T. Infrastructure – Enhance Your Present, Ensure Your Future

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Don’t go it alone: partner with an MSP with state-of-the-art I.T. infrastructure solutions

Key Takeaways:

	How to Assess your I.T. Infrastructure to inform strategic improvements.
	Designing a modular, automated, and monitored infrastructure for seamless scalability.
	How partnering with an MSP for expert support helps to scale your I.T. infrastructure.
	Head start on securing your Infrastructure with encryption and regular backups.

For a growing business, a scalable I.T. infrastructure is crucial – it allows an organization to swiftly adapt to changing needs, workloads, and other demands without sacrificing performance or functionality. When was the last time you took a hard look at yours? What would be the impact if your technology couldn’t keep up or failed?

An I.T. Infrastructure assessment is the first step in determining its strengths and exposing potential issues such as outdated hardware and software, lack of security, insufficient scalability, lack of compliance, and more. A comprehensive review of your I.T. infrastructure will help identify opportunities for improvement as well as inform strategic decisions.

When you have a clear picture of your I.T. environment and its strengths and weaknesses, you can make necessary changes and improvements to ensure scalability and reduce the risks inherent in technology, such as data protection. You’ll reduce potential negative business impacts, help you prepare for regulatory audits, and be prepared for the budget process.

What’s included in an I.T. Infrastructure assessment?

A typical assessment examines:

  • Network performance
  • Network security
  • Capacity and storage
  • Resource allocation
  • Software versions, support, and updates

You should also review the age and capacity of hardware,  providers, and any user-related issues. You’ll find bottlenecks that need resolution, such as frequent downtime and slow response, and the limitations that keep you from scaling your business.

Strategize for scalability

You want scalability in your I.T. infrastructure. When a business is scalable, profit is increased with a minimal increase in costs. It allows you to better meet your current needs and future requirements to:

Accommodate growth

As your business expands and attracts more users or customers, your I.T. infrastructure requires strategic design to handle the increased demands. When it’s scalable, your infrastructure can smoothly scale up to support company growth without forfeiting performance. Network congestion is gone, and you can offer an increased level of service.

Optimize resources

Don’t overprovision resources to meet predicted peaks. You’ll have dynamic allocation and scaling based on actual patterns of usage. It’s a flexible approach that minimizes waste, reduces cost, and boosts the operational efficiency that contributes to continuous improvement

Make your business more agile

In today’s business environment, agility is a superpower, setting you apart from your competitors. With a scalable I.T. infrastructure that allows continuous improvement, you can rapidly respond to opportunities, emerging technology, and evolving customer expectations. Without limitations on your infrastructure, the possibilities are endless – unleash new products and services, conquer new markets, and change strategies on a dime. 

Your company will become more innovative, collaborative, and, importantly, more cyber-secure. 

Design a scalable I.T. infrastructure

It takes a multi-pronged approach to build a scalable I.T. infrastructure that adapts to the ever-changing needs of your organization. The first step is to assess your current setup and then to envision your future – imagine your business reaching new heights and what you’ll need from technology. 

  • Build redundancy and ensure high availability. Downtime is expensive. Use load balancers, clustering, and architectures that are fault-tolerant to properly distribute workloads, minimize disruptions, and create a reliable backup system. 
  • Embrace solutions that enable scalability. Whether through cloud, on-premise, or hybrid environments, explore solutions that can be adapted to your future needs. Cloud computing, for instance, offers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), enabling on-demand scalability. The elasticity of the cloud allows your infrastructure to adjust rapidly to the evolving needs of your business.
  • Embrace a modular approach. A modular approach paves the road to scalability. When you design using microservices, containers, and API-driven architecture, you get the scalability and flexibility to enhance components without throwing the rest of your system into disarray. 
  • Automate. Routine tasks take up a large part of I.T. management. Automation reduces human error, improves efficiency, and enables rapid scalability. Configuration management tools, infrastructure orchestration frameworks, and infrastructure-as-code practices can be used to automate provisioning, configuration, and management to ensure consistency and simplify scalability.
  • Monitor. I.T. infrastructure scalability requires a mindset of continuous improvement. You want to capture and analyze data from monitoring and logging. These data points can uncover important performance metrics. You’re then equipped to proactively address issues in performance to achieve peak efficiency.

It’s a lot of work that takes expertise that might not exist within your organization. Partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) offers significant benefits as an experienced, reliable ally with the knowledge and skills to optimize your I.T. infrastructure. The MSP can handle the complex tasks of scaling your I.T. infrastructure, so your internal team can focus on mission-critical business objectives. 

Keep secure when scaling

A scalable I.T. infrastructure plays a critical part in mitigating risks and enhancing security by enabling the implementation of robust security protocols, including firewalls, detection systems, and encryption. Disaster recovery and backup strategies are supported by ensuring the protection of critical data and systems and their recovery if the worst happens. 

To keep your infrastructure cyber-secure:

  1. Limit access control and implement strong authentication methods.
  2. Keep software, operating systems, and applications updated and patch vulnerabilities.
  3. Encrypt sensitive data both at rest and in transit.
  4. Train employees. This is vital, as 88% of data breaches are caused by employees.
  5. Implement effective firewall and intrusion detection systems.
  6. Regularly backup data and test your restoration process.

Developing a robust incident response plan is vital to deal with any security breach swiftly and effectively. You’ll also want to ensure that your I.T. infrastructure complies with applicable data protection regulations such as HIPAA.

I.T. infrastructure scalability is a critical business tool

How you do business and interact with customers has changed forever and continues to evolve.  Digitization has brought incredible benefits, but keeping up-to-date and scalable presents a significant challenge. A step-by-step, strategic approach with an eye toward continuous improvement will get you where you want to go. Embrace agility. Be realistic about where you are and what you’ll need in the future. Stay secure, and get I.T. infrastructure support when you need it.

Attentus is an MSP that delivers exceptional results through developing a thorough understanding of your current and future needs, an eye on seeking constant improvement (how can we do it better?), and a policy of accountability and ownership.

We offer answers, not problems, and believe clear and succinct communication is the key to a successful collaborative relationship. Attentus makes I.T. management look simple while helping your organization become and stay successful through a reliable, secure technology experience. We believe in relationships based on trust, putting your needs first in a risky, unpredictable, and confusing environment. 

We provide personal service, world-class expertise that builds long-term relationships, and 24/7 support from experts with world-class I.T. solutions. Book a free consultation today with Attentus.