5 hardware investments IT teams should make in 2022

In today’s volatile economic climate, the need for businesses to operate efficiently is greater than ever. This reality, coupled with continued employee demand for hybrid work environments, has led many organizations to modernize their IT solutions in ways that allow them to operate more flexibly and intelligently.

These concerns are particularly pressing for small and medium-sized businesses. According to a recent Frost & Sullivan survey, 76% of respondents found that IT department workloads have increased since adopting flexible working models, and 95% of companies plan to consolidate their IT tools in 2022. And while budgets have continued to increase year over year for 77% of companies, these increases are not sustainable for SMBs. To remain competitive, these organizations need modern IT tools and services tailored specifically to their needs.

Here are five ways hardware investments can help SMB IT teams improve operations and keep up with changing business demands:

1. Modernize applications to maximize the value of data

Taking a containerized approach to applications can make deployment and management more consistent while using fewer compute resources. Containers provide lightweight runtime environments for applications, enabling the deployment of microservices to update applications with greater efficiency. Rather than having to scale an entire application to meet increased loads, DevOps can scale only the specific containers with the greatest loads.

Investing in modern servers like IBM Power10, which has recently been expanded with scalable midrange and entry-level solutions, gives SMB IT teams the flexibility to run virtual machines (VMs) and containerized applications on the same hardware. An expanding solutions ecosystem with Red Hat OpenShift enables IBM to collaborate with its customers, connecting workloads to cloud-native services that maximize the value of their existing infrastructure investments and drive ROI on new ones. projects.

2. Secure infrastructure to defend against attacks

Data protection is a must for organizations of all sizes, but it can be especially taxing for SMBs with limited resources. The new servers can help smaller IT teams stay on top of security with enterprise-grade features like transparent memory encryption, improved CPU and system isolation, and the ability to take advantage of the Linux Foundation’s OpenBMC project for easier scalable management while preventing the emergence of side channels. pirate attacks. Additionally, the latest entry-level and mid-range servers also use advanced security standards such as quantum-safe cryptography and fully homomorphic encryption, bringing even more peace of mind to data management.

3. Automate operations to improve productivity

For short-staffed organizations struggling to meet the challenges of remote working, the ability to automate operations is critical. By investing in modern hardware, IT teams can dramatically improve their productivity by automating manual infrastructure tasks so they can focus on higher-value projects.

4. Pay as you go to reduce costs

Cloud services provide many benefits to IT departments, but the costs can sometimes exceed the value of the offering. To address this issue, companies have started offering flexible consumption models with pay-as-you-go options. This approach allows companies to quickly adapt to changing business needs by moving on-premises applications to the cloud as workloads dictate.

IBM offers metering per minute for its Power Private Cloud, giving departments more control over the cost of running solutions like OpenShift. These new consumption models build on features already available with IBM Power Virtual Server to enable greater flexibility in hybrid customer journeys.

5. Work with a hybrid cloud partner

With the hybrid cloud, companies can modernize their IT services and create the optimal infrastructure and operating environment. IBM Power Virtual Server enables architectural consistency across an IT infrastructure.

This post was created by IBM with Insider Studios.

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