The IT Professional’s Guide to Seamless Network Growth in 2018

Jan 24, 2018 Steve Weaver - Vice President of Sales & Marketing

network-cables-494650_1920.jpgYou’ve read all of the latest “2018 IT trends” articles and you’ve seen how the flood of emerging technologies is forecasted for substantial growth. This will, in turn, have a significant impact on the networks that serve these new technologies. Are you ready to make a strategic decision that will allow your business to properly capitalize on the current data boon?

Every business has its own unique data network needs, but there are a few guiding principles that are worth your consideration if your goal is to grow your network like never before in 2018 and beyond.

Audit Your Current IT Infrastructure

If you’re going to grow your network this year, you have to start with a clear understanding of what your network assets are and how much they cost to operate and maintain. You need to understand what the scale capabilities of your current system are and determine if your existing infrastructure plan will facilitate the network growth you seek  - or serve as a roadblock to your desired growth.

Once you understand how much it costs to run your network and IT functions, you can begin to evaluate alternatives that can both reduce your costs and provide the required scalability you need to grow your network, efficiently and affordably.

Take a Hard Look at the Hybrid Cloud Model

The hybrid cloud means many different things to many different people. There are an endless number of “hybrid” combinations, from true 50/50 configurations, to virtual-centric systems and even those that enable virtual elements to support larger physical infrastructure focus.

No matter the application, there are two major benefits to utilizing the hybrid cloud in some form or fashion:

Scalability: There is a limit to the capacity and computing capabilities of any given piece of physical hardware. If your company is heavily invested in physical infrastructure and has the goal of increasing network capacity or expanding network reach, in most cases you’ll need to expand that physical infrastructure, which can be quite costly. Integrating a cloud-based strategy means that you’ll be able to scale your business (with virtually no scale limit) and grow your network at a fraction of the cost. So, if your goal is to expand your network reach and bandwidth capability, adding a virtual element to your infrastructure is a way to do so, quickly and relatively inexpensively. Which bring us to cost savings.   

Cost Savings: Because the cloud does not require any investment in further physical infrastructure or hardware, there are significant cost savings associated with integrating it into your data network strategy. Depending on how deep you want to dive into the hybrid cloud model, you could vastly reduce the amount of physical hardware you own and cut your networking expenditures, overnight. Imagine the cost savings you could achieve by scaling back your physical infrastructure from 50 servers to 10 – all while adding real scalability to your network. That’s a significant amount of money that could be reinvested in another area of your business.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Data Analytics

Utilizing data analytics empowers you to make the best possible strategic decisions regarding your IT operations. The larger your network grows, the more complex it can become. Deploying a reliable analytics tool that allows you to understand the data flowing through the entirety of your network is critical to optimizing your network and understanding your usage.

Enlist the Help of Network Growth Experts

The 365 Data Centers team are leaders in hybrid data center solutions and deployment. In a virtual-focused world, we offer a humanized approach to our services and support, providing fully customized solutions based on your unique business objectives. Our team is equipped to help you through every step of auditing, revising, deploying and analyzing your current IT infrastructure strategy and can design IT strategies from the ground up. We own and operate 10 data center locations that are supported by our 24/7/365 remote hands teams.

Contact us today for assistance with network growth initiatives.