Management of Hosted Networks and Applications

You have moved all your critical processing and applications to a hosted facility.  You have designed in all the fault tolerance and backup capabilities that would address any reasonable failure scenario.  Security is tight, the network is fast, latency is at an all time low and the cost of delivery is down. Mission accomplished, time to celebrate, right? Not exactly.

While you have been able to squeeze the design to get maximum performance and keep costs in line with projections you may have missed out on how to maintain that balance ongoing. The cost per square foot of data center space and or computer cycles and storage is at a premium. Your environment is a dynamic one and growth is inevitable.

In being a good steward, it is of critical importance that you can identify how resources are being consumed to keep pace with a growing demand. Unlike when you hosted your own equipment the cost to add a server or expand an application is more readily apparent as it will most likely appear on next months bill. Without performance management and monitoring  you may be lost for answers when management asks for justification.

Availability and performance management ensure that your finger is on the pulse of your infrastructure. Anomalies in usage may point to more than increased traffic to your sight or usage of core applications. There may be ongoing security issues you are unaware of, the latest generation of your new in-house application may be consuming inordinate resources and needs tuning, slow downs may indicate network segmentation is required.

Utilizing a third party Managed Services Provider can deliver significant benefit in managing your resources as well as reducing the cost in technical support staff.  Improved performance, expanded technical expertise, and cost benefits are obtainable with the right provider.  Network Management Solutions can assist in making your transition to hosted facilities an immediate and long-term success.  Please contact us to find out more about how we can help.

 

Cloud Computing – Where does it fit within your organization?

We frequently speak with clients about cloud computing. There is much confusion and varying opinions on what cloud computing is. From our vantage point cloud computing is a marketing term that encompasses a broad array of services.

According to Wikipedia “Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).” So how does this affect your organization?

For many cloud computing can range from customer owned hardware and software hosted in a remote service provider data center, service provider virtual machines housing customer applications, turnkey applications hosted in a “private” company intranet, or Internet based turnkey applications that are shared globally among a variety of companies.  In the purest sense of terms Cloud Computing is “Infrastructure as a Service” replacing the need for dedicated hardware, software, and local data centers as the infrastructure moves to the cloud and is hosted by the service provider.

Identifying where cloud computing fits in your organization can provide significant benefit or risks depending the approach and the information your company houses. In addressing the cloud, organizations must consider the potential financial benefits, performance impacts. regulatory requirements, and security risks before moving any initiative forward.

A clear strategy will pay dividends and reward the right approach. Network Management Solutions can assist in the decision process. Please contact us for further information.