The Orbital Approach: 4 Steps To Hosting Liftoff
At Iron Orbit, our goal is to take your IT beyond the cloud, delivering fast, secure, stable systems that send your IT into orbit. To deliver truly stratospheric results, we have developed a 4-step system to get your desktop, applications and servers ready for lift-off, ensuring a smooth launch and steady sailing once you reach zero gravity.
Step One: T-Minus FOUR | Assess
Before we launch your servers, applications and desktops into orbit, we perform an assessment of your existing infrastructure. This gives us a detailed snapshot of where your infrastructure stands, providing the information we need to prepare for lift-off.
- Automated Assessment
- Detailed Technical Snapshot
- Your Documentation of Your IT
Step Two: T-Minus THREE | Design
Once we have an accurate snapshot of your existing IT infrastructure, we begin to analyze the data, formulate a plan of action and design your hosted infrastructure, getting it built and preparing it for launch. The design process allows us to build a truly custom infrastructure tailored to your needs.
- Hosted Infrastructure Design
- Orbital Deployment Plan
- Documentation of Design and Plan
Step Three: T-Minus TWO | Deploy
We conduct all deployments in three stages: an initial proof-of-concept deployment, followed by a pilot deployment, and finally, a full-production deployment. Deploying in three stages allows us to stress-test each component before lift-off, leading to an effortless, hiccup-free launch.
- Pilot Deployment
- Production Deployment
Step Four: T-Minus ONE | Manage
Once your IT assets are fixed in orbit, we continue to monitor key metrics, allowing us to measure user experience, availability and latency in real time, ensuring your software is always above when it’s needed.
- Monitoring of Key Metrics
- 24/7/365 Maintenance
- 24/7/365 Support
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Looking Before We Leap
You may have heard it said that "it's a jungle out there" and the same thing can be said of your IT infrastructure. Because we have never stepped foot in your specific jungle before, when we do we like to measure everything as we explore and document everything as we go. Only by proceeding in this fashion can we hope to tame the wilder and unexplored parts of your organization's IT jungle.
We use the latest technology and best-of-breed toolsets to deploy automated agents to each of your users' personal machines. These agents monitor and measure everything from your applications and hardware to your networks and security. Only once we have an in-depth understanding of the way your IT infrastructure works, together with a proper understanding of your current priorities and concerns, do we begin to plan for action. We feel this is always the smartest first step when first approaching an "alien" IT infrastructures. This process is all about us learning all about you and your IT. We like to think of it as looking before we leap.
Thinking Before We Act
The enormous amount of data on your IT infrastructure that we gathered in the first step in our process must first be properly sorted and analyzed for it to be of any use. Accordingly, the second step in our process is all about taking a long hard look at all the data and thinking about how we can improve upon what we see, before weighing that up against your most pressing concerns and priorities.
We take a detailed look at your networks, hardware and software and look for anything that can be improved or upgraded. We also look for ways to save you money by fixing anything that's broken, upgrading or repurposing older technology and introducing more efficient technologies into your IT infrastructure. We take a look at your current IT security, data backups, and disaster recovery and factor that into our analysis, before drawing all of our findings into a plan of action for you to approve. Only after we've gotten your approval do we begin our real work.
If It's Not Broken, Don't Try To Fix It
This third step of the process is all about improving efficiencies and looking for opportunities to better leverage the technology you have without spending a fortune. We're aware of the fact that you don't have an unlimited IT budget; that's why we prefer to upgrade elements of your IT infrastructure to improve their performance and longevity and repurpose old technology to where it can still add value, instead of responding to every problem or deficiency by purchasing new IT assets to replace the problematic assets with.
Sometimes it is just not possible to repurpose or repair your old technology; other times the technology that you are currently using can be unfit for your purpose or present a risk to your business. In either case we will develop a remedy and resolve the issue in the most cost effective and sensible way.
Some Legacy Tech Never Dies
The world is full of very large financial institutions, airlines, governments and other organizations that still run their IT infrastructure on a backbone of decades-old mainframe computers and applications written in antiquated programming languages, which are lovingly maintained and managed to extend their lifecycles far beyond what was originally anticipated.
When an IT infrastructure is well-managed and well-maintained by a team of diligent and proactive support technicians, it can run for almost forever. At SACA, we are experts at getting old technology working again and keeping it running as it should, even when it is long past its sell by date.