Having to replace or upgrade your critical business infrastructure every three to five years can result in significant and often unpredictable CapEx costs, as well as increased risk associated with complex workload and data migrations. Alongside the logistical considerations surrounding the replacement of servers, storage, networks, hypervisors, disaster recovery and backup capabilities, the additional administrative overhead can result in fragmented support, slow response times and a poor return on investment.
Given ever changing business requirements and the on-going demands on IT services, the dynamic nature of application development and the rapid time to market required by new projects and services, the inability to scale up and out quickly whilst continuing to provide a reliable and highly available service can put a huge strain on IT, which traditional style data centres cannot fulfil.
As a result, organisations often size for what might be, provisioning additional capacity for those “what if” moments, or standing up environments that run 24×7 that are in fact only used periodically. This coupled with seasonal demand and the need to scale-on-demand mean that environmentsare oversized, reducing the effectiveness of your investment.