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Imagine you are driving an 8-lane highway. But it is in the countryside and very few people use it. This road is fairly flat and convenient, but does it make sense? You’re right; there’s no need to build such a big road in the countryside. It’s good to be somewhere in a big city.
A business IT infrastructure is the same path that must be established. Properly organizing and optimizing your vehicle, which is part of your IT ecosystem (servers, enterprise application software solutions, and data centers), will ensure efficient operation at all times. You can also allocate your business budget to meet your actual needs.
The more efficient, stable, and secure your IT infrastructure, the better your business operations. In other words, the company’s software is working fine. Therefore, the server response time is very fast and all user requests are processed immediately. Company data is highly protected, no loss or system downtime.
Now let’s discuss best practices leveraging a DevOps approach that can help companies optimize their IT infrastructure and thus their processes.
1. Adopt DevOps agility
If you live in a rapidly changing world, the ability to quickly update and optimize your IT ecosystem gives your business a competitive edge. To build that agility and adaptability, consider following proven practices in DevOps.
DevOps fosters the idea of continuous improvement and rapid software delivery. This allows companies to keep their IT infrastructure up-to-date, taking into account all rising trends, required updates and new features.
Apart from that, DevOps practices include adopting cloud technologies and reducing manual work through automation. Based on DevOps report data, 33% of those surveyed said DevOps helped them automate their most repetitive tasks.
2. Move to cloud-based infrastructure
The cloud is recognized as the proven standard for storing business data. Therefore, 94% of companies worldwide regularly use cloud services. This is not surprising, as the cloud can significantly reduce a company’s budget while at the same time offering tremendous flexibility (no physical servers required).
For example, you have 500 employees who use your company’s software every day, but when you start expanding your staff, you have more users. The cloud dynamically increases space to the exact scale you need.
By moving the business IT infrastructure to the cloud, it is possible to prevent information leakage. Unlike on-premises servers, the cloud guarantees data backup in the event of a system failure or outage.
3. Secure your IT ecosystem
Your IT infrastructure serves as the backbone of your business. In other words, its security definitely explains the superior performance of the company’s operations. That’s why 76% of executives plan to focus heavily on infrastructure security over the next three years.
When securing your infrastructure, create and enforce cybersecurity policies tailored to your industry and business specifics. Emphasize conducting DevOps penetration tests to help get a complete picture of your company’s cyber resilience.
4. Monitor performance across your infrastructure
Back to DevOps principles. One of them is to respond as quickly as possible when a major incident occurs. This requires an incident management team that regularly monitors your IT infrastructure 24/7.
The monitoring process is automated and continuous. The incident management team sets up a set of monitoring tools and alerting systems. The team then finds the bug and fixes it immediately.
Apart from preventing various problems, infrastructure monitoring has a direct impact on sales. Take Amazon, who earns an average of $14,900 per second. In the case of downtime, even if he had 20 seconds, the company would have been at a loss.
Pave the way for IT infrastructure optimization
By their very nature, all systems require updates and improvements over time to keep them healthy. Infrastructure is no exception. And once you’ve embarked on optimizing your IT infrastructure, consider the next critical step.
• Conduct a comprehensive technical audit of the entire infrastructure to define key system vulnerabilities and shortcomings.
• Create an IT infrastructure optimization plan that includes a workflow and a list of improvements.
• Initiate the implementation of planned infrastructure improvements and maintain ongoing support.
Businesses and their IT ecosystems are generally more flexible, highly secure, and cost-effective as a result of making changes to their IT infrastructure.
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