Optimizing Your IT Infrastructure: Info-Tech’s Step-By-Step Consulting Methodology Squeezing the most efficiency and effectiveness out of your IT department is important at any time. But it’s even more critical when budgets are tight. If your organization views IT as a cost center, you could be vulnerable to budget-cutting forces outside of IT that try to pare down every department based on bottom line numbers. To avoid this, you need to build a value proposition within your organization, one where IT – and the underlying infrastructure on which your business operates – is viewed as a fundamental driver of corporate success and represents a key competitive advantage of your overall organization. This starts at a very high level through a defi nition of IT strategy and a linkage between IT and organizational goals. Once you have published your IT strategy document, and your vision, mission, and values statements are hanging on the wall, it’s time to delve into the details that make your infrastructure far more than the mere sum of its parts.
4.3b Current Server Status Assessment Worksheet Companion Spreadsheet to 4.3a Current Server Status Assessment About This Tool There are four tabs in this Excel spreadsheet file: Reliability, Performance, Capacity, and Redundancy Hover your mouse over each cell to obtain more detailed instructions for filling in the appropriate sections. We have provided enough room for 50 servers on each tab. If your environment contains more than 50 servers, simply copy in additional rows. After populating the server-specific information in the tabs of this spreadsheet, return to the corresponding section in the companion Word document, 4.3a Current Server Status Assessment, to continue the process. Use these two files in tandem to build a complete picture of your current server status. Please note: you only need to fill in your server and purpose/description information on the first tab of this worksheet - Reliability. This information will be automatically populated on the other three tabs. 4.3b Current Server Status Assessment Worksheet Reliability Please note: For best/worst/average columns, indicate the best, worst and average performance figures for that server within the past year. This allows for a more detailed understanding of performance over time. Server Name Purpose/Description Server Uptime Percentage for Server availability figures for Do you have MTBF results # of unplanned incidents leading Rank each server's importance of Rank each server's outage Additional comments on this server's the past year past year for each server? to downtime over the last year reliability cost reliability Best Worst Average Best Worst Average If Yes, How Best Worst Average for 1 - Mission Critical / 2 - Somewhat # Yes/No? High / Moderate / Low Write them here if you have any… Month Month for Year Month Month for Year Much? Month Month Year Important / 3 - Not Important 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 4.3b Current Server Status Assessment Worksheet
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