SMBs Need to Upgrade Infrastructure to Spur Growth

Michael Vizard

A major IT infrastructure upgrade may not be the most popular topic inside SMB organizations these days, but it’s also never been clearer that the health and wealth of the business is directly tied to the robustness of the IT environment that supports it.

In fact, much like a city that fails to invest in its infrastructure, it’s only a matter of time before a business that depends on systems that are more than three years old starts to struggle. To what degree that situation is a reflection of IT investment or simply a byproduct of the state of the business is debatable. But the one thing that is for certain is that once a business starts to neglect its IT infrastructure, it’s only a matter of time before the business itself starts to degrade.

Given that this is one of those rare times when just about every major piece of IT infrastructure is going through a major transition, Hewlett-Packard is making the case that now is a good time for small-to-medium-business (SMB) organizations to make a series of server and networking-related upgrades that will not only significantly reduce the cost, not to mention headaches, associated with managing IT, but also arguably serve as a foundation for improving the outlook of the overall business.

To facilitate that process Hewlett-Packard today is rolling out a raft of products and services aimed at SMB IT organizations that includes a new HP Multi-Service Router (MSR) Series platform that integrates security management and both wired and wireless networking in one device; an HP 1910 8G Switch Series that supports Power over Internet (PoE) technology to reduce energy costs and a turnkey HP X5000 storage system that makes it easier to deploy a clustered network attached storage (NAS) system. In addition, HP is adding a server offering that bundles Microsoft Lync unified communications software with HP Proliant Gen 8 servers.

HP is also unveiling a new reference architecture that shows IT organizations how to securely centralize access to data for mobile computing devices on an HP Proliant Gen 8 server in addition to services that help IT organizations analyze their virtualization and security requirements.

According to Lisa Wolfe, worldwide small midmarket business leader for enterprise business at HP, SMB organizations are dealing with an explosion of data that is overwhelming the IT infrastructure that is currently in place to support it. Like most towns and cities these days, SMB organizations typically don’t have an IT budget to match their needs, so HP is also rolling out some aggressive “Even Better than Zero” financing options to help IT organizations fund these upgrades.

It may be too late for many SMB organizations to start the process of reviving their fortunes by making better use of IT. Truth is that many of them need to better understand how to make that happen before actually investing in anything. But now is one of those seminal moments where an organization should take the time to figure out how to go about doing just that because, much like a city that fails to invest in its infrastructure, the eventual decline of that business becomes almost inevitable.

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