As companies close their doors to onsite work, IT professionals navigate limited access to data centers.
Here’s 3 mission critical things IT infrastructure professionals can do with limited access to the data center.
Find opportunities to optimize your IT environment
Managing through a crisis can mean navigating increased scrutiny of your IT processes, assets and expenditures. Now more than ever, you must ensure that IT operations run efficiently with minimal waste and technical debt. Look for opportunities to expose over-provisioned assets, non-standard RAM allocation and unused assets like on-prem or cloud servers that are not in production, but still running and ready for re-purposing or decommissioning. Taking advantage of an opportunity to right-size your environment’s operating systems and assets can be done remotely and should be an ongoing effort for any IT organization.
Scan and triage vulnerabilities remotely
With people sheltering in place, more communication is happening digitally. And with more people working from home and students learning from home, there is more online activity. All this means greater network usage and more stress on IT infrastructure. Undetected vulnerabilities can lie in wait at any time, but they can cause significantly more damage if your network is already compromised. Keeping your data secure and compliant is mission critical. A remote solution for scanning and triaging vulnerabilities continuously in your environment is not only necessary during lockdowns, but could soon become table stakes for security compliance.
Monitor multiple data center sites virtually
When so much uncertainty abounds, being prepared to move quickly to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances is paramount. The only way you can make quick, informed decisions confidently is to see and understand everything in your IT environment virtually, including all your data center sites. From the logical to the physical, you should know everything you have, it’s health, where it’s operating, how it’s connected and who owns it – as well as reporting on compute, storage and network capacity. Only then can you confidently decide quickly when to retire, consolidate or migrate workloads and assets based on inter-dependencies and business continuity. IT leaders should insist on simplicity and visibility during and post-crisis.
Learn more about how you can remotely deploy continuous IT monitoring in your environment.