Information Technology Infrastructure

Information Technology Infrastructure
By Andrew M Cherny
Arthur Kreitman

  In this paper I will be discussing the pros and cons of business information technology systems infrastructure and the emergence of virtualization and cloud computing. IT systems is a trillion dollar a year industry and a must for most businesses to operate in a world of computers, automated warehousing, internet sharing and so on. IT systems allow all employees to share this information on a variety of devices like the traditional desktop pc, laptops, and now even to handhelds with the use of what is known as a network link. The IT infrastructure provides the foundation for supporting all the information systems within your business.
  Technology advances forward at blazing speeds these days and this is where IT systems may find it hard to be competitive by that I mean if the life span of an on-site IT system lasts 6 years at the 6 year mark performance could start to lag the network security could become compromised as the antivirus software, firewalls, and the backup systems become outdated finding themselves incapable of handling the latest malware threats and hacking attempts made on the system. At this time it becomes critical to repair by spending 10 to 25k on new hardware and another 20k to have a technician replace or upgrade the system. Keep in mind this process will be repeated every 5 to 6 years with the costs directly affecting the profit of the business.
  Virtualization definitely improves the business infrastructure on all levels by making it possible for a company to handle its computer processing and storage by using computers that are housed in remote location. VMware is the top virtualization software producer for windows and Linux servers. With the ability to host many systems on a single machine virtualization benefits many organizations to increase utilization rates,
conserving data center space and energy usage (important...