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WAN Optimization, Restructure IT Tasks

By Ericka Chickowski Print this article Print

Baseline examines easy, practical technology strategies that will cut IT costs quickly and streamline IT management so you are more efficient in the long run.

3. WAN Optimization

Bandwidth may be an unavoidable fixed cost, but you can keep it from ballooning as business bandwidth needs multiply through the greater use of collaboration tools such as video conferencing. Effective use of WAN optimization can help cut down bandwidth from anywhere between one and three fold of your unoptimized network.

The IT professionals at Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer and Associates (GASAI), an engineering and architectural firm based in Milwaukee, WI, was able to do just that with its WAN optimization deployment, reducing bandwidth by about 270 percent. Not only did that keep costs down, but it also enabled the business to drastically cut down on its travel budget by replacing some face-to-face meetings with bandwidth intensive collaboration tools. Check out Baseline’s case study of GASAI’s deployment.

4. Restructure Responsibilities

If it seems like your systems management costs have gotten out of control, it may be time for a restructuring of your org chart. Often times, the operations hierarchy is several years behind the way the technology is actually deployed. Sounds like it's time for an new alignment with cost-cutting and resource-saving technologies like virtualization.

“IT structure has got to be adaptable to change as the technology is changing,” says Illsley.

For more tips on making IT operations teams more efficient, check out Illsley’s advice on streamlining systems management.

This article was originally published on 2008-12-01
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