Mitigate IT Operational Risks with Business Regulation Enforcement
IT infrastructure investments keep growing year over year, while capacity utilization and efficiency continues to decrease. This figure reflects not only a waste of money, but also exposes the organization to significant risks of data loss and service availability.
This article examines a new management approach based on the analytical capabilities designed to help organizations handle the effects and potential risks related to the inability to enforce business regulations around their computing infrastructure.
Enterprise IT complexity continues to grow rapidly as IT decision-makers embrace innovative new technology. The heterogeneity of products and changing business requirements are the main reasons why organizations are exposed to new risks. Those risks are based on gaps created by increasing capabilities and new features of existing and new products and the way they are deployed in practice, implementing a policy or internal regulation dictated by the organization’s needs.
The impact of these risks is exacerbated exponentially due to the inability to identify connectivity, configuration and correlation between different elements, products, and suppliers from all sectors of the IT infrastructure. Systems must work synergistically to prevent “black holes” of potential risk associated with the availability of services and data loss, IT resource efficiency and management flexibility.
The good news is that there are new technologies that allow organizations to gain control of these risks in complex IT environments. Enforcement solutions based on the analytical capabilities allow organizations to disclose the potential risks, have complete visibility of existing IT environments, and identify critical scenarios that will enable a truly proactive approach to mitigate risks and increase uptime of applications and service delivery.
So what are these risks and challenges faced by modern IT organizations these days and how organizations can face these risks by identify and mitigate them, while keep adhering to business regulations?
- Infrastructure level – Almost every data center has a large number of servers, operating systems, virtual systems, storage arrays, high availability and data protection solutions. Each of these typically has specific management tools for their respective platforms. This means that if an organization wants to run a heterogeneous data center, they must deal with dozens of different tools, and hundreds of possible combinations between them. As the complexity in the data center increases, the ability to manage risk and meet required service levels and regulations becomes almost impossible.
- Management level – Many organizations are primarily reliant upon short-term, ad-hoc processes when creating isolated islands of IT infrastructure, and experience varied success managing them. The problem arises when those islands grow and shift rapidly, up to the point where the problem gets out of control. The result is that there is no consolidated view when assessing the IT infrastructure, making management near-impossible. Moreover, such complexity leads to major gaps between the planned policy and the de-facto status in practice, with violation of organizational regulation and thereby exposes the organization to potential unnecessary risks. This presents costly inefficiencies that can cripple the business.
- Business level – there is a huge gap between operational IT staff and Business teams. Too often, it seems like the business team is on board the ship at the helm, shouting demands to the IT staff, without being accountable for the impact of what they want. All they know is that there is someone down in the engine room, shoveling more coal to power the ship. This situation leads to mutual frustration, false claims, unrealistic timelines, and chaotic situations related to the provision of inferior IT resources and infrastructure services to critical systems and, also, allocation of costs and valuable resources and infrastructure services to non-profitable business units. This generally leads to lack of correlation between the quality of infrastructure services and business value that the application provides to the organization.
We believe there is a different – more effective way to manage data centers, using holistic analytics solution that enables organizations to manage their IT infrastructure through enforcement of business regulations, allowing effective and proactive business management while reducing the risks associated with the operation of enterprise IT infrastructure. The system collects information independently from all computing infrastructure environments, regardless of the systems’ type provided by the vendors, and analyzes the information using advanced and unique analytics engines, presenting results in a clear and streamlined business dashboard. The advanced technology displays the developing trends over time and helps to manage IT resources and implement the methodology of “IT as a business”.
As companies depend on growing infrastructure and IT services to promote their businesses, they need practical solutions to combat the potential risks threatening them by adopting a proactive approach and improving service levels in the organization.
The aim is to connect all the dots and mitigate risks by combining all objects and components of IT infrastructure and analyzing them. Once this has been accomplished, organizations can manage risks more effectively while taking steps to concentrate on activities of improvement rather than focusing on remediation after failures- making sure to deliver high leve of SLA.
>> Learn more about Correlata Holistic IT Analytics Platform, designed for heterogeneous coverage- breaking the silo-effect in current infrastructure environments and how to effectively use Risk Analysis to proactively prevent possible operations risks.