One of the most prevalent debates among enterprise IT professionals today is about whether a centralized or decentralized IT infrastructure delivers more value to an organization. Organizations with multiple sites or extensive remote networks have particular difficulty in being decisive, as the wrong choice can have such profound effects on the resiliency, manageability and cost to their distributed business operations.
While there are pros and cons to each approach, there are three primary factors to consider when making your own decision about what method is best for your organization
IT infrastructures need to be efficient, responsive and flexible to deal with ever-changing business demands. Which approach is simpler to manage and will minimize the operations burden on existing IT staff and resources?
2. Cost and Efficiency
What does the initial infrastructure hardware and software cost? What are the measures to ensure desired levels of availability and performance? Will various components be interoperable or lock an organization in with a certain vendor? How efficiently does the infrastructure scale up to service business growth or additional needs? Which approach minimizes these considerations and reduces operational expenditure on floor space, power and cooling?
3. Time to Deploy
Which approach minimizes the amount of time it takes to deploy and maintain the solution(s) in the infrastructure?
Both approaches have pros and cons, is it possible to deploy an optimized, integrated infrastructure that maximizes the benefits of both at the same time? If this were possible, what would the ideal storage solution look like?
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