The growing influence of virtual server technology and a variety of major IT platforms have made IT planning a potentially risky – and rewarding – undertaking.
A major IT platform is considered to be a significant move intended to expand a company’s capabilities by taking advantage of virtual server technology such as VMWare, hosting, cloud computing, or even a move to SharePoint or a similarly enterprise level undertaking.
Overall, businesses have been spending more money on IT platforms to allow for better scalability, to lower long term IT costs, and for a simplified IT environment. However, risks can be high when moving to any type of new IT platform, as every IT department knows.
Before using a cloud computing service or switching to virtual servers, an IT department has to consider the potentially major ramifications of such a move and do some serious research. It’s critical to ensure that measures are taken to protect IT infrastructure from a cloud company’s failure, for instance, or to plan for future increases in data storage requirements for a virtual hosting system.
Serious planning needs to take place before updating any major IT platform, from office software to a switch to VMWare or Hyper-V servers. This is particularly true when considering the new advantages and potential disadvantages of cloud technologies and hosting services.
As businesses spend more to create more versatile and low-cost IT environments, the important thing to remember is that plenty of research into particular strengths and weaknesses of these systems is an essential part of a well-rounded approach. Major investments require major research, and businesses increase their chances of a successful switchover or a positive venture into a new application by spending time and money in the planning process.