Save Money and Time with These Simple Suggestions
Over the first half of 2013, IT budgets for small businesses rose 19% to $192,000 on average, up from $162,000 in the last two quarters of 2012. Businesses are looking for ways to control these costs without having a negative impact on performance. Fortunately, adopting the latest technologies is an effective way to control the IT budget.
The biggest cost to IT departments comes from hardware, which typically takes 39% of the budget. Software comes in second, accounting for 30% of most IT budgets. IT staffs make up 19% and cloud services comes in at 12%.
Despite the growth of IT spending, there are several ways to keep this in check:
Automating tasks in IT does what it does in every other field—it frees up staff to work on other matters. Automation is also able to respond quicker if you setup responses to events that automatically trigger when a problem arises.
- Hardware Modernization
New processors can make old computers and servers feel new again. Intel’s latest Xeon processors, for instance, could help you achieve performance increases of up to 585% and decreased idle power consumption of up to 66%. Improvements like that can keep you from needing to replace entire systems.
- Server Virtualization
Moving to a virtualized server system offers significant savings and can often pay for itself in the first year. Virtualized servers are capable of running multiple pairs of applications and operating systems which lets you condense what was previously run on multiple servers into one physical server. This reduces the need for costly servers, the space to house them, and the energy it takes to run them.
- Cloud Services
The utilization of cloud computing works well with virtualized servers to further reduce the need to own and maintain physical systems. Cloud systems are also far more flexible than traditional infrastructure, so it is easier to match business needs with supply.
Consolidating your hardware can help you reduce management costs and increase efficiency. The PowerEdge VRTX server available from Dell, for example, is a shared infrastructure platform that can help you increase application response times, handle peak processing times, and scale for future growth.
It Takes Money to Save Money
Businesses can’t survive if spending outpaces revenue. Fortunately, the latest in IT infrastructure can allow your company to move the needle in the right direction on both measures. Implementing the latest technologies streamlines the IT budget while simultaneously offering significant business benefits like increased security, better performance, and improved flexibility.