A craftsperson is only as good as their tools, and a business is only as strong as its hardware. When it comes to enterprise hardware, having the right technology backing your business can lead to more efficient and productive operations.
Consider the rapid adoption rate of cloud services: in one decade, cloud services (including cloud computing and storage) went from essentially nonexistent to a near-$100 billion industry.
Businesses don’t spend that kind of money unless it will overall help bolster their bottom line; that’s exactly what we’ve seen with enterprise computer hardware.
So what is enterprise hardware? And how can you leverage enterprise systems hardware to boost your bottom line?
First, we need to properly categorize what we mean when we say ‘enterprise hardware.’
For our purposes, we’re referring to hardware IT, enterprise-level tech more specifically. In other words, we’re discussing the enterprise hardware infrastructure of your information technology systems.
But what does that mean?
In short, enterprise-level hardware refers to the servers, data storage devices, networking equipment, and other hardware that comprises your IT. So basically, any physical piece of tech that makes up your IT is covered by this definition. This includes:
In sum, it’s fairly comprehensive and encompassing. While related, it’s important not to confuse these discrete devices with enterprise software (think your applications, operating system, management system software, etc.)
Just reading off that list can be daunting, with many terms that, while you may be familiar with, you may not have an in-depth understanding of what that specific term entails.
Take an enterprise hardware firewall, for example.
We know what firewalls do: they protect our computers from devastating breaches. But how do they do this? By monitoring incoming and outgoing network traffic and determining whether to admit or deny access based on a defined set of security rules in place.
And that’s just a high-level understanding - we could go much, much deeper in depth into all the various components of your enterprise hardware and how each system works, but that takes time and specific training/expertise.
But what is obvious is just how important our enterprise hardware infrastructure is to the day-to-day operations of our business.
Let’s go back to firewalls: with this defence on your network hardware, you can potentially prevent a data breach or other form of cyber attack. The ROI on this investment is potentially business-saving. Why? Because the average cost of a cybersecurity breach in the U.S. is $8.64 million, according to IBM.
That same study found that it takes around 280 days to even identify and contain a breach - by having strong firewalls up at the start, you could potentially prevent this worst case scenario.
No matter if you’re a small business or enterprise-grade company, the cost of a data breach can be devastating.
Which brings us back to the importance of having strong enterprise hardware at your business.
And the examples of enterprise hardware potentially saving your business huge sums of money are pretty much endless.
Consider that the best enterprise wifi hardware will not only speed up your wireless connection, but also prevent internet downtime, which can halt business operations in a modern workplace (especially with our growing reliance on remote work in the age of COVID).
Or that IT downtime in general costs an average business $5,600 per minute, according to Gartner. Subpar network setups and hardware are among the most common causes of these potentially crippling periods of IT downtime.
Or going back to the cybersecurity issue: if you do suffer a data breach, having backup data storage devices or making use of a cloud data center with backup capabilities can dramatically reduce the damage your business will face as a result of said breach.
Even something as simple as having appropriate power supply can be easily overlooked, leading to losses in productivity.
And having connections with, for example, enterprise server hardware vendors can ensure that your business gets the best tech for the best price.
In other words, when it comes to enterprise hardware, there’s a lot to consider, and it pays to be informed.
Now that we can answer the question ‘what is a hardware-enterprise infrastructure composed of’, it’s time to drive your productivity forward with superior enterprise hardware solutions.
The professionals at Quadbridge have experience facilitating and optimizing businesses’ technology adoption.
We have deep industry partnerships with many enterprise hardware vendors that we leverage to ensure that your tech is affordable and suited to your business’s unique needs.
We support your business with:
We’ll advise your business on hardware acquisition and support its implementation, giving you a product and solution all-in-one. Contact us today for a quote and start deploying cutting-edge enterprise hardware to drive your business forward.
Quadbridge featured in 2021 Business In Focus magazine. Article only available in English.
A craftsperson is only as good as their tools, and a business is only as strong as its hardware.