Hardware & Network Infrastructure
DivIHN provides a current state assessment to create a clear picture of the existing hardware and network infrastructure. When an organization is looking to upgrade or expand its infrastructure, the first step is to understand the capabilities and shortcomings of the existing infrastructure. This assessment identifies infrastructure topologies that are candidates for redesign, infrastructure technologies to be upgraded or replaced and performance issues such as application, storage or network bottlenecks. If issues are uncovered, DivIHN recommends remediation plans to address the problems and optimize performance.
Infrastructure rationalization is the process of aligning an organization’s computing, storage, network, and desktop resources with its current and future application portfolio. This process builds on the current state assessment examining the inventory of all deployed infrastructure resources, understanding them in the context of the application portfolio and categorizing them according to return on investment, alignment with strategic goals and other determining factors.
DivIHN presents Future State recommendations in the format of Blueprints and Roadmaps. Blueprints are high-level visual representations of the major components of the Future State Architecture. There may be one Blueprint reflecting an end-state or several reflecting transitional architectures.
Roadmaps are a key deliverable of the assessment and a fundamental part of tying strategic planning and enterprise architecture prioritized initiatives, and deliverables. They allow IT and the businesses to map out a series of actions or projects that are required to move from where it is today, to where it wants to go.
The governance framework defines the policies, structures, targets and reporting systems necessary to address the material risks and opportunities that sustainable development presents. DivIHN’s governance model recommendations help keep the corporate sustainability strategy on track. It makes sure the strategy remains effective, and that accountability for it sits at the right level of the organization. Proper governance facilitates compliance with internal and external regulations. It provides process definitions which can be understood by all involved and provides for the proper management of associated content and documents.
Technology advances such as software-defined networking, VPN-based WANs, increasing reliance on cloud and hybrid cloud services and more are creating compelling business cases to assess data and voicenetworks independently of other infrastructure components. DivIHN’s network-only infrastructure assessments have identified significant cost savings opportunities while refreshing the network architecture to incorporate current technologies, the right mix of on-premises, cloud, and hybrid cloud topologies, and best network management security practices, all tailored to the organization’s specific performance, reliability, security, redundancy and resiliency, geographic and other needs.
Enterprise compute capabilities are no longer bound to traditional data center virtualization technologies. Enterprises increasingly find compelling cases for a blend of traditional on-premises compute capacity with elastic cloud-based computing resources. This is just one example of the business and technology drivers that suggest an opportunity to assess the current computing footprint independently of other infrastructure assessments. DivIHN’s infrastructure experts perform this assessment and recommend a roadmap to a more flexible, cost-effective compute capability.
Multi-tiered storage technologies continue to evolve and offer new opportunities for cost savings, performance improvements, replication, and containment of storage sprawl. An enterprise storage environment is often a candidate for assessment independent of other infrastructure components. DivIHN’s storage architects have extensive expertise in best storage practices and a variety of on-premises and cloud-based storage technologies.
At DivIHN, we always approach our projects with a holistic frame of reference. A storage rationalization project, for example, cannot be executed in a vacuum. We look at the whole context, including business drivers, operations, systems (applications), and other elements of the technology landscape to deliver recommendations and solutions that make sense for the enterprise. This point of view also enables us to provide high value in rationalization projects that span multiple domains of applications and infrastructure. Whether the project is focused on a specific technology area or spans the whole of IT, we believe it is critical to understand how all of things work together to provide business value. In light of other business goals and current and planned IT projects, DivIHN provides rationalization recommendations, blueprints, and roadmaps that make holistic sense for the enterprise.
DivIHN’s team of experienced IT executives assist with IT expense planning, project budgets, ROI projections, and vendor management initiatives such as contract reviews. This becomes particularly important in the prioritization and sequencing of multi-project rationalization programs.
Migrate, Sustain, Replace, Invest Dispositions
Rationalization recommendations include dispositions for specific applications and infrastructure technologies. DivIHN employs a fact and principle-based methodology to assign one of four dispositions.
Migrate – to a lower cost platform
Sustain – continue as-is
Replace – sunset or retire an application or technology in favor of a functional equivalent
Invest – optimize the performance and functionality of key resources, making appropriate investments
Applied Enterprise Architecture
DivIHN Solutions believes that sound enterprise architecture – Business, Operational Processes, Systems and Technology – is the best approach for enabling the business operations of the organization to transform through technology. DivIHN’s Enterprise Architects have deep experience in the development of Future State and Transitional Architecture Blueprints. The Enterprise Architecture process yields structures and guidance which can help organization most effectively leverage people, process and technology investments to achieve its business objectives. From the IT perspective, Enterprise Architecture is a well-defined practice for conducting multiple levels of analysis, design, planning, and implementation for the successful development and execution of strategy.