The Increased Importance of an Effective IT Infrastructure in 2021

The Increased Importance of an Effective IT Infrastructure in 2021

When it comes to managing your business' IT needs, your infrastructure has to be a top priority. After all, if your infrastructure setup is wrong, or if it is not managed effectively, you are potentially putting your organisation at risk, while you may also find you are not using your resources to their full potential either.

As we move into 2021, the need for an effective infrastructure will become more important than ever. In this article, we explain why and highlight some of the steps you can take to optimise your setup.

Understanding Infrastructure

Prior to covering the importance of infrastructure, it is first useful to go over exactly what the term means in real terms. As an article from Techopedia states, your IT infrastructure is made up of the various hardware, software, services and network resources that are needed for your IT environment to perform as it should.

This infrastructure needs to be carefully designed, taking into account your specific requirements and goals, but it also needs to be managed over time too, factoring in things like business growth, new technology, wider infrastructure trends, new threats and changing requirements within your business.

One problem that some businesses run into is that that they design their infrastructure initially, implement the design, function perfectly well for a while, and then find that as their requirements evolve their infrastructure is not set up to cope. When this occurs, a technical refresh or redesign is often needed.

Carrying out a re-design may allow you to respond to new emerging threats too. This is especially crucial, as cyber attacks are evolving constantly and you need to know that you are well-placed to tackle them.

IT Network Management

One of the major parts of your infrastructure is your IT network and this is responsible for establishing communication between computers and other devices. It is important that both your network and your wider infrastructure are configured with modern demands in mind, including the need for employees to connect with personal devices.

Having an effective infrastructure in place for 2021 has become even more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with greater requirements to provide flexibility and remote working options.

If your IT network is not configured properly, it will not be fit for purpose and could leave your business vulnerable to attacks. It is also important that you align your network and infrastructure strategies properly, as failing to do so can lead to an unnecessary drain on resources, along with various other technical issues.

You should also make sure you are proactively monitoring your network, analysing trends and looking out for any potential issues before they become larger problems. At Fifosys, we offer 24/7 NOC monitoring, where we can monitor your infrastructure, and our experienced engineers will respond to any alerts, ensuring business continuity.

Your Management Interfaces

One of the more overlooked aspects of IT infrastructure relates to the actual management interfaces used by your administrators to control your IT systems and perform more advanced tasks. As an article for the National Cyber Security Centre explains, these interfaces can take many different forms, from remote desktops to browser-based options, depending on your infrastructure setup and the precise services you use.

Regardless of type, however, these interfaces represent a point of vulnerability for your organisation. If an attacker is able to gain access, they will potentially seize control of your systems and have the power to cause serious damage. For this reason, it is vital that you address this area of risk and take sensible precautions.

One of the best ways to do this is to work with a managed service provider. They will be able to help you with everything from protecting your main administrative devices, to utilising best practices to stay safe online, right the way through to ensuring you keep logs of activity and are able to analyse them in the event of an attack.

At Fifosys, we work with enterprises making sure infrastructure has been optimised to generate the best performance and that management interfaces are as protected as possible.

The Last Word

The importance of having an effective infrastructure in place for your IT needs is greater than ever and if you have not reviewed your infrastructure in a while, now is likely a good time to think about doing so. A technical refresh or a complete re-design could help you to get more from your systems, while keeping them protected.

Mitesh Patel

Managing Director

Mitesh Patel