Understanding infrastructure is critical to managing it

By Michael
January 28, 2013

It may seem obvious, but knowing what assets a business owns, how they work, who uses them and what they could become are all essential parts of corporate infrastructure management. The difference between backup tape management and hard disk deployments may be significant, depending on what a firm needs to get out of them, but if a company isn’t sure what it has, there’s no way for it to thrive or progress.

Identifying vital software structures
One of the most significant issues involved in infrastructure maintenance is security. As the Los Angeles Times pointed out, not knowing what’s happening within a corporation can result in miscommunication, continuity problems and major safety concerns. One employee at a leading utilities organization highlighted this lack of internal clarity present at many corporations when his employer noticed an ongoing access point originating from China. At first, IT administrators assumed it was a hack, but further investigation proved a technology employee was outsourcing his own job to a foreign company for a fraction of his paycheck each month. Such security issues should be picked up on quickly by vigilant software and staff members, but this was an ongoing occurrence, lasting a number of years, the source reported.

On a less dramatic scale, businesses should be looking at their media management tools for other continuity errors that could easily be spotted and remedied before they turn critical. Computerworld pointed out that new infrastructure could sabotage existing suites, making archives unreadable or deleting entire storage partitions.

Fixing the problem
Business 2 Community wrote that one of the best ways of mitigating this risk is to conduct regular, thorough audits of existing assets that ensure they’re working together the way they’re intended . This will also promote better transparency, data quality and operational integrity overall. By validating hard disk management continuity programming, ensuring recovery practices are up to speed and looking for the most modern security steps to be in place, companies can ensure their systems are running at optimal levels all the time.

On top of that, the source wrote that making sure every issue is addressed as soon as it’s identified will make certain this kind of operational integrity is always upheld. Rather than waiting for a disaster to strike, knowing that security and disaster recovery plans are running at optimal capacity can give firms the foundation and flexibility to build more elite tools on top of these strong bases.

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