Don’t let the decision justify your IT performance data

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances

Legacy systems aren’t a problem in enterprise IT until they are. As cloud and virtualization strategies continue to evolve at a breakneck pace however, it’s become increasingly difficult for legacy systems to keep pace. When legacy systems impede innovation and agile business demands, administrators need solutions that help them perpetually tune and optimize both their existing and future estates. To help ensure performance, administrators want the latest and greatest when it comes to devices, systems and components, so they often decide to make upgrades without a clear understanding of the workload requirements for the infrastructure as a whole.

Deciding on a certain investment based on a handful of data points or analytics to substantiate the decision often results in greater inefficiencies and risks. What’s needed are solutions that give administrators an authoritative understanding of where problems are occurring, where improvements can and should be made, what needs to be replaced, and which vendor selections will best support their business-aligned IT goals. This is why robust IT performance analytics are critical to making accurately informed decisions.

Know the real problem

In reality, no two digital infrastructures are the same. Similar architectures won’t be used the same way, even in similar companies. IT teams need to understand their workload performance and availability challenges and requirements at the most granular levels to for a credible solution to have merit. Having a holistic understanding of application workloads within the context of the infrastructure delivering them is the only way to know causality for current and emergent issues.

Cost optimization is always a concern

There’s no feeling in enterprise IT worse than going through – and paying for – a lengthy, complex upgrade only to experience worse-than-expected performance. Not only does this slow agile business down, it has lasting budgetary impacts. Even with an increased focus on IT’s role within the enterprise, cost optimization is a top priority for teams moving forward. One wasted investment can set a company back for years. It can be even more costly if the investment doesn’t resolve end users problems, that’s even more money down the drain.

IT investments are like any other purchase. You wouldn’t buy a luxury convertible if you lived in Alaska, and an SUV designed to handle the most treacherous climates isn’t necessary in southern California. Those decisions are made based on data, such as environmental conditions, performance requirements, safety, costs, etc. to arrive at the best possible decision. IT investments are the same. You need the data to understand what your workload performance requirements are, and the answers for what configuration is required to deliver the best possible end user experience. The more granular and accurate the data you have, the more likely you are to make confident decision for your digital business infrastructure.

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