Hardware & Network Infrastructure
An IT infrastructure assessment should be initiated whenever there is significant change in the business. Some examples of when an IT infrastructure assessment is needed are Data Center and Network consolidations; moving the data center; server consolidation; cloud options (public, private, hybrid, etc.); data storage consolidation; adding additional locations/offices; and performance issues. DivIHN Architects are experienced in understanding where your potential growth roadblocks are and can set you on a course for increased efficiency and better utilization of your IT resources.
A system architecture is a set of conventions, rules, and standards employed in a computer system’s technical framework, plus customer and specifications. System developers follow the architecture in designing or integrating the system’s various components (such as hardware, software and networks). DivIHN’s experienced Architects will work to deliver system architecture assessment that establishes the organization-wide roadmap to achieve optimal performance of its core business processes. Before the system architecture can be properly reviewed, we must define the Criteria for the assessment. These Criteria have a strong dependency of the goals and objectives of what has to be achieved with that that architecture.
Transformation End State
The DivIHN-developed Transformation End State is often described in the format of Blueprints. Blueprints are high-level visual representations of the tangible components of the Future State Architecture. There may be one Blueprint reflecting an end-state or several reflecting transitional application and data architectures.
A key lever in developing the transformation roadmap is the business strategy, goals and objectives of the transformation. There is a need to specify not only where you are going — “We want a cost reduction of 20 percent over five years”, for example—but also how you see the company getting there. DivIHN’s experienced Architects will assist you in defining a transformation roadmap specifying how the roadmap will deliver the transformation end state value.
A DivIHN program manager provides oversight, monitoring and the controlling of several related projects. Our clients use this oversight to support project-level activity to ensure the program goals are met. While each project may also have a project manager, the program manager provides a decision-making capacity that cannot be achieved at project level. In a program there is a need to identify and manage cross-project dependencies and to have sufficient insight into the risks, issues, requirements, design or solution to be able to orchestrate the program as a whole. DivIHN’s program and project managers are notably adept at integrating resources of multiple backgrounds and organizations, often with disparate organizational cultures and governance requirements into an effective whole.
DivIHN project managers provide the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a project team to meet specific success criteria. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the primary constraints of scope, time, quality and budget.
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 voice networks independently of other infrastructure components. DivIHN has performed network-only infrastructure assessments, identifying 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, 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 can 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.