|[January 06, 2014]
Want to Make (and Keep) That Ultimate IT New Year's Resolution? Take Your Infrastructure to the Gym, Infinitely Virtual Advises
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
You've been consuming the wrong things, and the flab is impossible to
ignore. With bloat just about everywhere, you're feeling insecure,
sluggish, vulnerable -- as if it all could collapse at any moment.
Your IT infrastructure is in a real state. (What, you thought we were
referring to your waistline?) Fortunately, there's no better time than
right now to resolve to fix what ails your technology backbone. So
advises Adam Stern, founder and CEO of leading cloud server provider
Infinitely Virtual (www.infinitelyvirtual.com).
As noted in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, published by the
University of Scranton, a vow to "lose weight" ranks as the top New
Year's resolution, followed closely by a pledge to "stay fit and
healthy." Never mind that these resolutions are personal, not
organizational. According to Stern, it turns out that taking your IT
infrastructure to the gym - figuratively speaking - could well be one
resolution you wind up keeping… and that ends up keeping your business
healthy and flourishing in 2014.
"Putting your IT implementation on a 'fitness' regimen is an extremely
helpful metaphor, largely because it's not just a metaphor," Stern
observes. "So consider the 'body' - the IT infrastructure: the servers,
the storage devices, the appliances, the apps - that you have now, as
the New Year dawns, and the 'body' you want.
"Small and midsize businesses can benefit from treating the information
technology machine as a leaving, breathing organism," he says. "In this
age of virtualization, cloud computing and the BYOD phenomenon, the
fitness analogy appies as never before, in part because so much of the
responsibility - and the opportunity - now rests with the individual,
the business owner, not some vague 'other' out there in IT-land. Just
like a gym membership or a diet program."
Find out what shape you're really in. Be realistic about the
body you have. Take a close look at that creaky, aging server in your
office. When was the last time it was backed up? You've long suspected
that it's open season for viruses, malware and intruders. Is it up to
running the apps you have now - and those you'll need to install
during the coming year? Resolve to move to a blazingly fast system,
backed up and fully protected, in 2014. (Hint: it's in the cloud.)
Enlist a trainer you can trust. About that IT guy you've
been using… When does he show up, really? Is he around when you need
him? Is he earning the figure at the bottom of those invoices? Resolve
to lock in 24x7 tech support, via the always-on cloud.
Understand that a good defense is the best offense. You don't
necessarily need to reinvent yourself as a mixed martial artist, but
your network absolutely needs to be able to defend itself. How
do you determine if someone is trying to break in to your network? Who
handles password administration, and what kind of logging system is in
place? Who or what handles intrusion detection and prevention? (Did
someone say, "Cloud server hosting?")
Derail the rollercoaster. Yo-yo diets have their counterpart in
the so-called "IT rollercoaster" - the practice of investing in
hardware, software and services every three to four years, junking it
all for next-gen gear, and then giving the depreciation cycle a
reboot. Bloat resides in that investment, ad infinitum. Migrating to
cloud computing and the realm of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
breaks that cycle, for good.
Forget about cheating. The rap on New Year's resolutions is
that they're made to be broken. The beauty of migrating to the cloud
is that once you're on the system, you're on the system. It's is a
commitment you don't need or want to break. Hard part's over.
For additional details on the first gym membership you'll actually use,
About Infinitely Virtual
Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable
Cloud Server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of
business, via terminal servers, SharePoint servers and SQL servers - all
based on Cloud Servers. The company was established as a subsidiary of
Altay Corporation, and through this partnership, Infinitely Virtual
provides customers with expert 24×7 technical support. More information
about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com
or call 866-257-8455.
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