Your IT infrastructure covers hardware, software, networks and facilities. Plus all the information technology needed to maintain, develop, test, deliver, monitor, control and support the IT services your business needs to survive and thrive. How do we support ongoing infrastructure excellence? Read on…
Private Dedicated Servers
A private dedicated server is often the fastest and most powerful option. They sit at the top of the heap as regards hosting performance. One of the biggest reasons businesses choose private server environments is it’s usually completely under your control, and you’re not sharing server space with anyone else.
This means you’re free to reboot it any time you need to, as well as completely customise the software to suit your exact needs. While most shared hosts limit what can be installed, dedicated servers can usually run all the software the hardware can handle.
Because 100% of the server’s memory, hard drive storage, processing power and network access is dedicated to your business, performance is nice and predictable, vital for ongoing business IT health.
Server virtualisation involves masking server resources from server users. It can extend to keeping the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors and operating systems under wraps, so users don’t need to manage server resources.
The server administrator uses software to divide a physical server into several isolated virtual environments, called either virtual private servers, guests, instances, containers and emulations.
Virtual servers help businesses lower their costs and enhance efficiency. You should find you’re better able to meet service level agreements and streamline IT processes. It’s no surprise that virtual infrastructure is a growing trend, becoming more and more popular as a great way to centralise key admin while improving scalability and increasing workloads.
Server Network Installation
You could attempt to set up a new server network installation yourself, but it can be a minefield. It involves a series of steps you really don’t want to get wrong. You have to configure the network to export the installation, configure the files on your tftp server for network booting, configure the hosts allowed to boot from your network configuration, kick off the tftp service, configure DHCP, boot and start the install.
If all that may as well be Greek, you should hand over to the experts. Then you’ll benefit from a fast, secure, solid server network installation your business can reply on, configured in exactly the right way quickly and accurately.
It’s all very well springing into action when something goes wrong, maintaining crucial server environments reactively. But it makes much better business sense to do your level best to ensure nothing goes wrong in the first place. That’s why we’re so keen on proactive maintenance.
Get us on board and your systems will be in top condition all of the time, checked regularly and examined closely, with any minor or emerging issues fixed before they turn nasty. Which means you can do uninterrupted business quickly, efficiently and effectively every day of the year.
What is an infrastructure assessment, and why do you need one? Infrastructure assessments are the best way to sidetrack ‘server sprawl’ and make the most of your IT resources.
During an assessment we explore your IT environment in fine detail, providing a roadmap looking at ways to maximise your IT investment, whether it’s via common sense virtualisation, database stacking and a host more proven techniques.
What’s the big deal? The resulting report lets you minimise license costs, use your servers more wisely, get a getter return on your capital investment, boost operational efficiencies and cut the amount of physical space and power you use right down. Which, ultimately, helps support a better bottom line.
Every forward-looking business needs an IT partner they trust to provide all the experience, talent and tools required to build, run and manage next generation IT Infrastructure.
A rock solid 100% reliable IT infrastructure is essential for any business wanting to be fully agile, secure and service-oriented, able to provide everything the end customer wants from the experience. If your IT systems are starting to wobble, or have been around a long time, are they still delivering the competitive advantage you expect?
Good infrastructure management ensures you do exactly that. It means your business copes admirably with the needs of your target audience and internal stakeholders. It means your Data Centre strategy takes full advantage of the cloud, flexible and secure. And it means your current systems are more efficient thanks to clever stuff like predictive analytics and autonomics.
Does your current IT infrastructure meet your business’ needs and dovetail with user expectations, internal and external? If not, you’re missing a trick. In today’s enormously competitive landscape, systems have to be the best they can be. You’ll find it hard going to survive when they’re sub-standard.
When things don’t work right, or just don’t do a good enough job, customers leave in droves. And staff are driven nuts by systems that don’t do everything they should, not supporting the business properly. Only when your IT infrastructure ticks all the right technical boxes and fully supports your business, you can forge ahead with confidence.
IT installations and Upgrades
Are you tech savvy enough to carry out your own IT installations and upgrades? Right enough, some of them are reasonably simple and straightforward. But others are complicated and tricky, best left to the experts. Especially in an environment where everything is interdependent or co-dependant, where if one part of the system breaks down the rest follow.
You can’t afford to neglect IT upgrades for long. The internet is far too risky a place when you’re not properly protected, just one very good reason for keeping everything up to date and current, whether it’s software or hardware.
It’s a minefield! IT procurement is an incredibly complex task, with endless permutations and alternatives to consider from a multitude of angles, everything from cost to performance, flexibility to future-proofing. Unless you’re very familiar with the IT procurement scene, it’s a thoroughly daunting task. And it’s something you want to get right first time, every time.
What does it involve? You’re looking at everything from hardware, operating system software, telecomms and components for application systems right through to application development, application integration and a huge range of system management services.
Moving business technology equipment can be one of the most challenging tasks you’ll ever face. The sooner you get to grips with the planning process, the less risk you’ll face and the better chance you have of a smooth. Trouble-free move.
The key phases of IT relocation involve planning any new business technology requirements for your new premises, and figuring out the available connectivity resources. It means looking into any restrictions the building’s owner might want to impose, and building a 100% resilient, detailed Business IT Continuity Plan to keep your data and information safe and secure.
It involves organising the move itself, from packing hardware to deciding which order you migrate your systems in. And, of course, you need a test plan to make sure everything is working as it should at the other end.
Get it right and your office move will be smooth and free from issues, so your people can get back to work straight away, business as usual.
Network Design and Installation
You need a network setting up. Network design and installation isn’t for the faint hearted, a complex matter where every stage matters.
Network planning and design involves all sorts of specific technical expertise, things like topological design, network synthesis and realisation. When you want to be certain your new telecommunications network or service dovetails with the needs of all your stakeholders, internal and external, it makes sense to call the experts in.
Our multi-layered network planning methodology involves business planning, short, long and medium network plans, sourcing the right IT assets, setting up operations and maintenance schedules. We’re here to make sure your new network performs exactly as it should, and stays that way.
Why migrate a network? You could be facing security problems, or a corporate restructure, or you might find you need extra storage. There are all sorts of reasons.
Network migration means moving all your precious data and essential programmes from one network to another. It might be an upgrade, or you might need an add-on to an existing network system. Either way, a suitably rugged migration process lets you set up migrated files on a new network or merge two or more separate networks together, smoothly and seamlessly.
Whatever the reason, with our support you’ll end up with the network you need to boost your business and move ahead with confidence.
Networks and Cabling
There’s spaghetti everywhere… how do you deal with all that complicated cabling? Luckily we work with the full spectrum of networking services for business, everything from LAN and physical cabling and wide area networks to broadband, connectivity, security and telecomms.
If you don’t have an in-house specialist covering both IT and communications, you’ll need a partner to deal with the details, whether it’s simple cable run installations or designing, commissioning and supporting wide area networks.
We’ll make things simple for you, delivering time and money saving services under one roof and making everything as easy to manage as it’s possible to make it.
How’s your operating system doing? Over time you update your applications, add news ones and ditch old ones. You amend files and shift data around to different locations. Hardware and user preference settings are regularly updated, and they’re often interlinked with a multitude of other settings. Give it time and your hard disk gets messy.
Can you mend it? Yes, you can, but there comes a time when patching things up doesn’t make sense any more. Your computers start to slow down, and you need more and more system resources to run all your applications. And the workload your PCs are expected to handle increases over time too, as your business grows and changes.
You might need to buy new machines. But you might not – a PC rebuild might do the trick. If so we’ll check your data, get rid of viruses and malware, back everything up to an external device, rebuild your PCs then re-install everything to perfection. Which means your machines get an extra lease of life and perform to the max again.
At some point in time your operating system is going to start slowing down. At the same time it’ll become steadily less secure. Eventually it won’t be supported any more, leaving you high and dry. It’s a natural ageing process, and one day you’ll need to upgrade your system.
How do you know when’s the right time? It might turn out that a good tune-up will boost performance enough. Are your PCs man enough for the job, able to run the most recent version? The software you use might not be compatible with the latest operating system upgrade.
With our support your system will be in tip top condition, able to perform all the tasks it’s designed for quickly, smoothly and accurately. When it’s working to perfection, you’re set for success.
Secure Wireless Network
Nobody can 100% guarantee complete security on a wireless network. It’s the nature of the beast. But there are a series of sensible technical precautions you can take to cut the security risk right down. Why does it matter? The last thing you need, as a business, is problems with data leakage, hacking, cyber attacks and data theft.
Your business network probably includes a range of wireless devices, everything from PCs and laptops to smartphones, tablets, IP Cameras, smart TVs and connected appliances. A properly secure wireless network comes with a security key or security certificate. The information sent over secure networks is encrypted, which helps protect your system from unauthorised access.
In a world where regulatory and legal requirements are often complex and strict, especially around sensitive data, it’s a must.
Most business networks are living things. They grow and change along with your organisation, and it makes sense to keep a weather eye on everything. You want to make sure your networks stay secure and safe, fully-functional and capable of doing a great job without falling over.
A managed networks is one that’s built, operated and managed by a third-party network expert like us. When your networks are outsourced you get all the essential network solutions you need, ideally delivered via the cloud but also possible to achieve in house, installed and managed to perfection by your managed network provider.
A professionally-managed network will keep up with changing circumstances, be bang up to date, super-secure and fully functional, no matter what you throw at it.
Your employees deserve a hitch-free working experience. So does your bottom line. If you don’t have the in-house expertise, you need a partner who will pro-actively manage employee workstations to guarantee optimal performance.
It’s our job to monitor workstations to prevent hiccups, so your people can do the best possible job. We’ll make sure every workstation is optimised for the tasks in hand, and at the same time monitor the software and hardware they use. Thanks to our managed desktop solutions the procurement, installation, maintenance and management of your entire desktop infrastructure is made simple. So you can focus on getting business done.