Should flexibility be a primary IT strategy?

Should flexibility be a primary IT strategy?

I define the strategy of IT flexibility as the consideration of future changes in business and the technologies that support it. A company’s ability to change is a keystone of success in today’s business environment.

The advent of virtualization in storage, servers, and other technologies has increased flexibility for the companies that choose to implement it. Companies can provision servers and storage in record time. Adding lines of business or migrating old applications to new platforms is easier than ever. The ability to spin up a new line of business quickly when an opportunity presents itself can be the difference between profitability and failure. When markets and technologies change, reprovisioning existing servers, network equipment and data centers can increase return on investment. Virtualization has in many ways changed Information Technology and helped savvy organizations better align IT with business needs.

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Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll