Right around late summer into early fall, we start receiving requests to assist customers in relocating their IT infrastructure in to new office facilities. They’ve outgrown their existing office space and are looking to upgrade into some new digs, or perhaps they had to downsize in to a smaller office. If your organization is in a similar position and looking for a new location or expanding in to an additional location, take care to go one step further and see which internet service providers (ISPs) are available before signing any agreements.
Tune into any nightly news broadcast or browse any newspaper, and the potential danger of technology in business is usually somewhere in the headlines. Whether it’s a massive data dump affecting investors or a scandalous hacking episode, it’s clear that businesses rely on technology — in many cases, haphazardly — to operate. Yet, clearly, few businesses also have a mastery of information technology solutions.
The inability to access tools during a system outage, whether planned or unplanned, can mean a substantial loss of revenue. However, it is possible to mitigate or avoid downtime altogether through the use of high availability. In information technology, high availability refers to the continuous operation of computing systems in the event of an interruption. Many businesses maintain system uptime in the event of a power outage through the use of generators or battery backup devices, which maintain power to critical systems. However, computer system outages result from much more than the loss of power.
We work with a lot of companies where technology decisions are made without the tactical advantage of a committee dedicated to defining and managing the many aspects of technology and how it impacts the business. I think it is more important than ever to gather the troops and work on business and IT planning as shared components to an overall company strategy.
With the economy improving and businesses growing, we are seeing more requests to assist customers in relocating their IT infrastructure as they expand to new facilities. This year we are also seeing more IT infrastructure work from new start-ups, and business mergers. If your organization is in a similar position and looking for a new location or expanding in to an additional location, make sure that you perform due diligence on your business IT needs.