Technology Considerations You Should Not Ignore


Maximise IT for Real Business Advantage

You have less time to develop and deliver new solutions and services to more customers, and you must do so with flat or decreasing budgets.maximize-your-it-move-forward

To get the most out of your IT investments, you need to maximise the performance, efficiency and economics of your infrastructure and resources.

Maximising IT accelerates insight, improves decision making, and releases resources to let you increase the pace of your innovation and harness your information to build competitive advantage.

Maximise IT With 3 Key Technologies

Though many IT solutions may promise to maximise IT, we focus on effective solutions that are most relevant to today’s IT challenges: all-flash systems, unified storage, NAS platforms, and unified compute platforms.

  • All-flash systems greatly improve performance and consolidate more data in less space to increase utilisation.
  • Unified storage and NAS platforms enable faster access to information, quickly process more and diverse workloads, scale easily, and provide lower TCO for file share and virtual server environments.
  • Unified computing provides a foundation for your IT infrastructure, centralising and orchestrating the management of your servers, storage and networking.

These solutions provide the following key benefits to maximise IT:

  • Maximise performance to faster access to information, and quicker decision making, analysis and productivity.
  • Boost efficiency to improve density, reduce power demands, accelerate deployment, and place the right data on the right tier with intelligent tiering and automated migration.
  • Optimise economics by improving performance, management and time-to-provision while reducing storage footprint, TCO for file share, virtual server environments, and IT staff workloads.

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Can you afford not to virtualise?

Virtualisation can improve IT efficiency, flexibility, and availability, transforming service delivery while reducing costs.

Through our no-charge Virtualisation Assessment Consulting engagement we will perform a high-level assessment of your existing physical server and/or network environment. After documenting what we discover about your current configurations and utilisation rates, our virtualisation architects will design a virtualised environment for you that will allow you to best leverage the shared computing, fault tolerance, and in-the-cloud capabilities of ITgility’s virtualised managed services.

The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices.

 

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Virtualise your business critical applications

The inclusion of business critical applications (BCA) can deliver the most significant value to your business. Our services instil confidence to embrace the benefits of virtualisation for Oracle applications and databases, SAP, Microsoft applications, and enterprise applications servers, as well as platform migrations.

Our reliable, repeatable methodologies and seasoned consultants will help reduce risk and downtime, accelerate your deployment, prepare your team to effectively manage the environment, and ensure first-time success.

We suggest a no-charge assessment of your virtual environment.  The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices.

 

 

 

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Simplify your data center with Converged Infrastructure

From deep inside your data center, campus and branch office, to the edges of your network and out to the client, ITgility Converged Infrastructure optimises your enterprise with built-in intelligence. Rigid silos are transformed into adaptive IT and keep your enterprise hyper-efficient and future-ready. ITgility Converged Infrastructure and Converged Systems:

  • Establish a common, modern IT architecture that pools resources across servers, storage and networking
  • Simplify IT with an integrated approach, so management is intuitive
  • Integrate easily into your existing infrastructure and applications to accelerate time-to-application value while reducing costs

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Boost your application performance and storage cost efficiency with Automated Tiering


With our Automated Tiered Infrastructure Solutions you can improve business agility, reduce costs, meet service levels, and ensure application data such as SAP and Oracle is in the right place for access at the right time to maximise performance and throughput.

Automated storage tiering distills down to monitoring I/O behavior, determining frequency of use, then dynamically moving blocks of information to the most suitable class or tier of storage device (SSD, Fast Disk, Capacity Disk).

Our Server Flash-caching solution reduces latency and accelerates throughput to dramatically improve application performance by using intelligent cahcing software and PCIe Flash technology.

Allow us to perform a no-charge assessment of your storage environment to determine your requirements.  The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices. Request Meeting


Cost savings with Unix to Linux migrations


Many companies today find themselves looking for more cost effective, easier to maintain systems. With the increasing popularity of Linux many companies today are considering large scale migrations of their IT infrastructure from existing Unix systems to a Linux platform.

ITgility provides Unix to Linux migration advise, roadmap planning, assessment of current infrastructure and design through to validation and deployment. ITgility can help you realise the cost savings of running a Linux operating system on physical or virtualised x86 technology. We can help simplify your Unix to Linux migration to help optimise your budget.

With enterprise Linux subscriptions such as Red hat and/or SUSE you get the same or better maintenance and support than what you currently getting from your Unix vendor.

We suggest a no-charge assessment. The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices. Request Meeting


Improve your backup efficiencies


Understanding your backup, recovery and archiving requirements and current limitations is the first step in planning and designing an infrastructure to address your business challenges.

ITgility’s backup assessment allows you to better cope with the complexities around Data Management. By engaging ITgility, you can optimise the way that data is stored, protected and managed, allowing your IT Team to free up valuable time.

Data is critical to your success, so the ability to quickly recover and restore lost files and data is imperative. The backup of data is useless if it cannot be restored. However, ever-increasing data volumes, evolving technologies and inadequacies in traditional backup and restore methodologies can impact on the development of an effective backup and recovery system. A backup solution must work around online processing with minimal disruption to application access. Organisations should assess how their information is used, now and over time and implement processes and technology to meet all requirements.

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The shift to scale-out storage


For a large and quickly growing segment of storage applications – those characterised by the need to reliably store large volumes of unstructured data – an increasing number of enterprises are turning to“scale-out” storage technologies.

Scale-up or frame-based storage where you continue to add disks behind a storage controller as your capacity needs grow – can be traced back to 1960s. Even though traditional storage vendors have “tweaked” these systems for the last several decades to meet the changing workload demands, the issues of degrading system performance as you increase capacity are well known. Proliferation of server virtualisation in the enterprise IT only exacerbates the situation.

On the other hand, scale-out storage offers a modular approach where you add complete storage units, as needed, that work in tandem. With this approach, you can scale your capacity AND performance linearly, as you add a complete module – not just disks – that become part of the networked storage “system.”

Allow us performing an assessment of your storage environment, helping you to build a scale-out storage environment.  The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices. Request Meeting


The need for high bandwidth Ethernet Switches and Server Fabrics


In a recent report, Gartner explained that

users now recognise the need for a significantly new type of Ethernet switch for their data centers. As more and more data centers are affected by trends like consolidation, virtualisation and automation, this has given rise to a set of new problems that network managers have to address.

ITgility agrees with Gartner’s assessment that key data center issues include:

  • Growing East-West network traffic – with virtualisation, applications need to run anywhere, which creates complex server-to-server data paths where data must negotiate multiple layers of infrastructure to reach its destination. The resulting latencies and bottlenecks are known as the East-West problem
  • Exponential performance demands – virtualised servers demand an increasing amount of I/O bandwidth
  • VLAN exhaustion – when creating a large number of isolated interconnects within an agile data center, VLANs are not always available in sufficient quantity and can become a maintenance challenge to administer.

Allow ITgility to assess your data center switch and/or server fabric requirements as you can significantly improve your server, application and storage throughput. The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices.

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The need to secure your virtualised environment


The ITgility Security Assessment for Virtualised Environments helps customers understand the security posture of their virtualised infrastructure, and establish optimum plans which achieve policy or compliance objectives, without compromising the value of virtualisation technology. By leveraging the security experts of RSA, ITgility Consultants, and by leveraging best practices and industry standards, the security assessment focuses on the application of virtualisation technology in your environment to identify security risk and remediation plans without compromising the business value of virtualisation.

Objectives:

  • Improve security of virtualised environments without compromising virtualisation benefits
  • Identify security risks and priorities for remediation
  • Understand the levels of security needed
  • Establish virtualisation security policies, management and technology plans
  • Our recommendations may include some, or all of the following areas:
  • User and resource security
  • Access controls ex. 2 factor sign-on
  • Network configuration
  • Platform security
  • Data security
  • Physical security
  • Security monitoring
  • Security policy management
  • Operational controls (change management, asset management, etc)

We suggest an no-charge assessment of your environment. The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices.

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The need to pro-actively manage your virtual environment


ITgility’s managed IT infrastructure solutions for virtualised data centers and private clouds alleviate complexity with the latest tools, technologies and expertise to accelerate data center optimisation and transformation while avoiding downtime associated with data center operational issues.

Customers of ITgility’s managed data center/private cloud solutions now also benefit from predictive analytics technology which diagnoses potential data center server, network and security issues before they can impact operational performance. By speeding resolution of issues – or avoiding them altogether – the solution enables companies to achieve better availability while cutting support and operating costs.

In addition our solutions ensure service levels, optimum resource usage and configuration compliance in dynamic virtual and cloud environments.

Proactive capacity management can help provide insights into the complicated nature of the virtual environment and yield significant value by:

  • Discovering which resources are causing existing performance problems
  • Recognising warning signs of impending performance issues
  • Uncovering performance issues that had not yet been detected in the environment
  • Detecting if capacity problems occur at certain time periods throughout the day
  • Calculating exactly how much capacity is available for new VMs
  • Measuring if VMs are overallocated and wasting hardware resources
  • Identifying data objects that are no longer used, have been forgotten, and are wasting hardware resources
  • Gauging resource usage growth rates to forecast when new hardware will be necessary
  • Finding areas with capacity availability to move VMs to and better balance a virtual environment

Allow ITgility to perform a no-charge assessment  with the objective to provide you with a IT optimisation management solution. The first step before such an assessment is to first meet with you to get a better understanding of your environment and business requirements.  Kindly request a meeting with us at your offices.

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ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management


Organisations are increasingly being required to incorporate business continuity management and governance into their corporate governance arrangements, either through legislation, regulatory pressure or contract compliance.

By working with our experienced and certified Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) consultants, your organisation has an opportunity to plan for adverse events, evaluate and rectify weaknesses, gain a better understanding of the business and ultimately improve their ability to respond to disasters. Our business continuity management services are based on the principles of the ISO-22301 standard, the internationally accepted standard for business and IT continuity.

Understand and prioritise the threats to your business with the international standard for business continuity. ISO-22301 specifies the requirements for a management system to protect against, reduce the likelihood of, and ensure your business recovers from disruptive incidents.

Where are you on your business continuity management journey? Whether you’re new to ISO-22301 or looking to take your expertise further, we have the right training courses and resources. We offer packages that can be customised to your business to get you started with business continuity management. An ISO-22301 package can be designed to remove the complexity of getting you where you want to be – whatever your starting point.

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ISO 27001 Information Security Management


Organisations are increasingly being required to incorporate information security management and governance into their corporate governance arrangements. This is often either through legislation, regulatory pressure or contract compliance. In South Africa, the King Code of Governance (King III) provides guidance on the implementation of information security managements systems in organisations.

By working with our experienced and certified consultants, to implement an ISMS, your organisation has an opportunity to plan for security threats, evaluate and rectify weaknesses, and improve your ability to respond to security incidents.
Our information security management services are based on the principles of the ISO 27001 standard, the only internationally accepted standard for information security.

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