Every effort must be made to obtain a blueprint before building something. IT architecture is no exception, especially when it comes to investing millions of dollars for technology capital and services.
Infrastructure Architecture Return on Investment pays back dividends when it comes to following a thorough deployment process and leaving behind a customized owner's manual for your deployment.
Let's analyze areas where Return on investment is realized.
Properly sized technology platforms for each deployment
Save in capital and expense by sizing equipment and circuits correctly. More than often, infrastructure equipment is over-engineered and circuits carry excessive capacity, which is wasted. The reverse can happen, when the same components are undersized and deliver poor performance, yielding in loss of productivity and customer.
Deliver the Right Technology for each deployment
Appropriate technology and service may be well proportioned for the business, yet critical services may not function as Voice and Video may not function properly due to lack of support on your technology hardware and service. Poorly selecting this service may render canceling expensive contracts which may yield early termination penalties, acquisition of new hardware and the burden a business must face with service interruption and poor application performance to service customers.
Develop a comprehensive set of blueprints and documentation
Whilst technology components and service can properly be selected and implemented, lack of documentation can result in:
- Configuration and operation can remain in a single person's head, leaving the company vulnerable; loss of this resource can render high expenses in outage management, re-discovery of service deployments,
- Excessive time spend on understanding the network by re-discovery due to lack of proper documentation. New engineers and consultants spend precious hours on figuring out how the network is configured opposed to focusing on assignments. Adds on with each technology implementation or change.
- Change prompts radical changes and upon deployment and roll-back, lack of initial documentation can leave engineers struggling with rolling back to previous configurations,
- Organize hardware master and detrimental information, used to replace hardware under maintenance. Lack of proper information delays the process of hardware replacement and service restoration since such information becomes necessary for recovery initiation.
Understand the Cost of Technology Deployment, Adding Value to the Company
Each technology deployment carries a price tag worth mentioning in financial statements. Technology improves company process, productivity and customer satisfaction, as well as adds value to the organization in net worth. Typical technology deployments should have price tags associated with them, including design, configuration and implementation costs to a functioning service.
Save Time when you Budget for the next Fiscal Year
Proper bill of materials can summarize all expenses in your infrastructure, assuring that everything is covered and accounted for. Budgeting can become a very pain-free experience by referencing to Architecture Documentation.
Save Auditor Consulting Fees
A properly documented infrastructure can furnish auditors excellent information and guidance to meet compliance and certification. Poorly documented infrastructure drag on with consulting hours of auditors to discover, evaluate and remediate culprits and problems.
Avoid Penalties and Fines
- Lack of certain certification such as SAS70, HIPPA, SOX, and more can render significant business interruption and financial loss due to:
- Loss of income until compliant or certified,
- Loss of customers due to lack of reputation,
- Loss of growth due to damages incurred form lack of compliance and certification,
- Loss of credibility due to potential weaknesses and required remediation.
Evolve with confidence
Lack of proper architectural practices and increasing complexity deters management form upgrading with confidence, thus keeping up with new software releases, vulnerability remediation and technology platforms. Falling behind in upgrades and updates can render catching up a very expensive proposition due to step upgrade requirements, compatibility issues and disparate software code in hardware platforms.
Proper Architecture practices carry a heavy weight on cost avoidance. Visionary strategists understand the value behind the famous saying of "penny wise and dollar foolish" attitude, where cutting corners will ALWAYS turn into higher costs over time.
Leverage of knowledge of future costs in the infrastructure by analyzing the following:
What is the financial impact of adding another application on the network?
- Forecast cost of deploying similar sites in the enterprise,
- Analyze equipment depreciation,
- Baseline the cost of adding additional users to your network infrastructure,
- Track network infrastructure metrics for utilization and load, understand when upgrades are necessary.
Overall, ROI for Infrastructure Architecture will always remain a controversial topic. Engineers who developed LIAA ™ understand the lack of proper planning and architecture, and extra costs related when problems or changes occur.
IT Infrastructure Architecture requires a series of stacked layers implemented for a solid computing foundation. Architecture delivered to LIAA ™ design specifications, enables applications to reliably function and deliver users necessary technology services to accomplish tasks and responsibilities.
Unilogic Systems developed an approach for Information Technology (IT) infrastructure architecture, addressing challenges found at all layers of the technology, layer by layer. Each layer of technology requires a specific Subject Mater Expert (SME), analyzing and delivering most optimal configuration and deployment for business needs.
Layered Infrastructure Approach for Architecture, LIAA ™, is a process devised to address the following areas of technology:
LIAA ™ was developed by technicians, administrators, engineers and architects for "like-minded" technology professionals, delivering a comprehensive view of technology infrastructure.
LIAA ™ creates clarity for every aspect of technology delivery by producing a Sitebook ™.
The Sitebook ™ is a blue-print, accompanied by matrices and documents which "paint the picture" for deployment, as designed using LIAA ™ process. Where different engineers are responsible for various components of the infrastructure, clarity must be transparent from department to department. This means:
Application mappings identify servers, services and IP flows for a complete view how the network will be used to deliver application services to employees and customers.
Figure above illustrates the four pillars LIAA ™ creates, for a stable, robust and flexible technology deployment.
Any system designed properly, requires a set of blueprints with a solid foundation for success, growth and performance. LIAA is a method to communicate to other professionals, how items are related, connected, configured and function, as a whole. Architecture is a well respected and obeyed practice in design of buildings, aircraft, automobiles, furniture, and many other systems. Information Technology investments can range from tens of thousands to excess of hundreds of millions of dollars. Moreover, majority of IT Systems lack a comprehensive architecture, blueprint material, to thoroughly communicate the IT Infrastructure from simple views, to their intricate, complex aspects and configuration parameters.
Layered Infrastructure Approach for Architecture (LIAA) addresses a multitude of blueprinting and architectural designs of systems. An IT infrastructure will have requirements and dependencies, and these dependencies are illustrated at each layer of operation. The overview of LIAA is to place emphasis on the following layers, listed below.
Any system designed properly, requires a set of blueprints with a solid foundation for success, growth and performance. LIAA is a method to communicate to other professionals, how items are related, connected, configured and function, as a whole. Architecture is a well respected and obeyed practice in design of buildings, aircraft, automobiles, furniture, and many other systems. Information Technology investments can range from tens of thousands to excess of hundreds of millions of dollars. Moreover, majority of IT Systems lack a comprehensive architecure, blueprint material, to thoroughly communicate the IT Infrastructure from simple views, to their intricate, complex aspecs and configuration parameters.
Layered Infrastructure Approach for Architecture (LIAA) adresses a multitude of blueprinting and architectural designs of systems. An IT infrastructure will have requirements and dependencies, and these dependencies are illustrated at each layer of operation. The overview of LIAA is to place emphasis on the following layers, listed below.
These layers are accompanied by numerous supporting documents such as Bill of Materials, Asset Inventory, Tables and Matrices, and necessary refferential documentation to assist in engineering the IT Infrastructure solution. Unilogic IT Systems Design utilized the LIAA Design Principle to architect IT infrastructure and networks, leaving behind a comprehensive set of documentation, reffered to as the "LIAA Site Book".
Cabling and components secion of the LIAA Design Principle is related to how Data Room, Wiring closets, Wall Jacks, Rack Systems, Cable Management, Cable TIE, and other relevant componets are architected to deploy a reliable stuctural mechanism for providing the pefrect, organized and doubt free connection securely, everytime.
A thorough, organized, clean and certified cable system with prepared rack systems to house Infrastructure components will build on the lower layers to assure stable, solid and protected foundation for layers above.