Small to medium sized businesses face some major challenges when it comes to infrastructure management. Which platforms to use, what kind of data to capture and where and how to store it are some of the questions that business owners ask themselves each day. But, the bigger question is: who will manage your technology infrastructure?
Not every component in your business's infrastructure should be managed by an individual on staff. Some of those components may increase the risk of performing an incorrect move, add or change when electing to manage them in-house. Leaving those tasks in the hands of experienced and certified professionals who manage environments such as these regularly can reduce the risk of mistakes and unplanned downtime.
What is IT Infrastructure?
Infrastructure refers to technology equipment that is typically located in your data room or telecom closet. This could range from routers, firewalls, switches and servers, to data storage devices (NAS and SAN) and telephone system related equipment. IT professionals refer to these as your core, or the heart of your voice and data network. For this reason, it's important that your data room is secure and only those with special credentials have access to it.
When implementing a new component of technology infrastructure, most businesses outsource the project to an IT professional services organization focused on upgrades, migrations and new deployment. For best results, it is critical to rely on a reputable, experienced and certified IT organization to help with infrastructure related items because of the impact they can have on your business as well as your clients.
Chicagoland's Leaders in Infrastructure Management
Many businesses with in-house IT and help desk professionals turn to our trusted partners to keep an eye on the more critical components of their technology infrastructure. Choosing Stratosphere Networks to identify the ideal provider to manage your infrastructure allows your team to focus on the day-to-day aspects of your business. The managed service providers in our network can assist with the following services:
- Proactive monitoring, which allows us to quickly catch issues (e.g., internet outages or servers going offline) and reduce downtime
- Remote infrastructure management
- Cloud-based or privately hosted infrastructure management services
- Automated patching and security updates, so you'll never have to worry about missing critical upgrades
- Assistance with moving or extending infrastructure into data centers
- Migration to a complete Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution
Our partners' network professionals focus on router, firewall and managed switches, and internet connection monitoring, so your staff can maintain communication with the outside world and gain access to critical cloud-based business applications. Meanwhile, our telephony and infrastructure division focuses on telecom related items such as phone systems, video, and web collaborative tools.
Which Solution is Right for Me?
Businesses that have a lot of infrastructure typically consider a data center privately hosted solution, allowing their IT support provider to migrate existing infrastructure to a fully managed data center. This increases the availability of your existing infrastructure due to the benefits of a data center which include redundant power, bandwidth, cooling, transport and more. Businesses with minimal infrastructure may want to consider our partners' IaaS which allows your support provider to set up a virtual or dedicated server and move your applications onto your own privately hosted infrastructure. We help make relocating your IT infrastructure simple by connecting you with leading managed service providers. Whether you are moving to another location or simply moving your infrastructure equipment into a data center or IaaS solution, we take the stress out of IT.
At Stratosphere Networks, we help make relocating your IT infrastructure simple. Whether you are moving to another location or simply moving your infrastructure equipment into a data center or IaaS solution, we take the stress out of IT.