For many companies looking at their IT infrastructure, sometimes it is hard to see why a hardware refresh, or a move to the cloud, is really necessary. After all, without really digging in, there may be nothing inherently wrong with the existing equipment. Sure, it might have been around when a different president was in office, but that doesnât mean much right? We are going to take a look at a few of the reasons why taking a second look is worth your time.
The first place to look of course is at virtualization, which is a good way to be more effective with hardware. Older hardware configurations may not play as nicely with virtualization since the technology was much earlier in existence back when your current hardware was new, but newer solutions such as those provided by Dell are designed to take advantage of redundant hypervisor infrastructure. If you are looking at leaving hardware expenses in the past, our cloud solution is also based on this redundancy, so not only will you be running in a virtual environment in a way that it was meant to be implemented, it will also have various redundancies in place to protect your business.
I/O optimization is another important factor to consider. Newer hardware is designed to handle bandwidth on 10 GbE connections, significantly improving the available bandwidth for hardware compared to what existed before. This enables the machines to more effectively address bottlenecks and provide a superior performance overall.
Finally, there is the matter of power consumption. Newer hardware is designed to be much more energy efficient in order to reduce power costs and rising temperatures. These highly efficient solutions enable you to place more servers on lower loads for power, a great benefit in lowering overall monthly costs while expanding hardware entirely. Of course, this is a non-issue when using cloud, since you donât pay for power at all in that scenario.
All of this combines with the benefits that colocation services can provide for you. By colocating your new hardware with with a colocation provider such as Vault Networks, you will be able to leverage the provider's redundancy infrastructure that is already in place in addition to the redundancies your new hardware will already have integrated. Many providers also have vendor relationships in place to assist customers with hardware procurement; Vault Networks for example is classified as Preferred Partners with Dell, allowing for very competitive pricing on hardware, so they can support you with both hardware procurement and the colocation solution.Of course, if you donât want to buy hardware anymore, you might want to learn more about the public cloud. Public cloud solutions enable you to dial your resources up and down depending on demand, and you only really need to pay for the resources that you need, as opposed to making the capital investment in hardware. There are other ways around that (dedicated servers come to mind), but in general physical hardware is going to have a much bigger upfront cost than a cloud-based solution.