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07 Sep2019

What to Look For in an IT Infrastructure Provider?

What to Look For in an IT Infrastructure Provider_

IT infrastructure is important for every business as it helps save cost and ensure security of critical business data.

For an IT infrastructure to perform well it must have the following:

1. Optimized WAN Network:

This helps you prioritize traffic and ensure critical applications get the required bandwidth. Technologies used are data de-duplication, traffic shaping, data compression and data caching.

2. Zero downtime:

Zero downtime means nothing keeps your business from running at the right rate. IT infrastructure must enable all critical applications to be up and running any time they are needed.

3. Virtualisation:

This has benefits such like energy saving, boosts cloud computing, boosts uptime, faster server positioning, and improved disaster recovery.

4. Security:

This is vital for controlling information access, data availability, and implementation of standards.

5. Latency proof:

An IT infrastructure must be able to prevent the delays that may happen in the communication of data over the network.

6. High-performance storage:

For you to ensure your IT infrastructure can do all the things above, you have to select an IT infrastructure provider that is experienced and knows everything about IT infrastructure.

The followings are what to look for in selecting an IT infrastructure provider

1. Seek the right professional

When it comes to IT, seeking the right professional is the best and only option. There are many IT infrastructure providers out there who are only after the money you will pay them and cannot really provide solutions to your IT problems. Therefore, make sure you select professionals that can make you understand the work that they will do and that can understand what you want.

A very good way of selecting the right IT infrastructure provider is by doing your homework about any infrastructure provider that you are considering. Read about them online and offline, contact them and ask questions, and seek information from people who have or are working with them.

2. Possibility of a long-term relationship

It is important you select an IT infrastructure provider that you can build a long-term relationship with. A provider that is ready to build a long-term relationship with you will be ready to meet your IT needs every time and anytime.

3. Credentials

Getting information that tells you an IT infrastructure provider can provide what you need may not be enough to totally convince you about how good and experienced they are. Before you make your choice, be completely sure about their competence by checking if they have the following credentials:
1. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
2. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
3. Cisco Certified Architect (CCA)
4. Cisco Certified Design Experts (CCDE)
5. A+ accreditation
6. CompTIA Network
7. Apple Certified Support Professionals

4. Location

When you select an IT infrastructure provider that is close to your business, you will be able to call on them and get quick response.

5. Price

Before you select an IT infrastructure provider, make sure you can afford them and make sure there are no extra or hidden charges.