The basis of any IT infrastructure is a perfectly designed and implemented server infrastructure, either in the form of stand-alone servers connected to computational grids or virtual clusters offering a homogeneous environment for individual application server instances. The architecture design for a server infrastructure is key for optimally utilising our client’s resources and achieving the required performance parameters of the deployed systems.

In order to design a server infrastructure solution, we first need to analyse the customer’s needs. To do that, we first need to determine the following:

  • System requirements of individual applications
  • Availability requirements of individual applications (how much downtime is tolerable)

Next, based on this information we then specify the server HW components to ensure sufficient performance, sufficient redundancy, and a healthy performance overhead to cover any business growth within the next 3 to 5 years.

The process of server infrastructure supply then looks as follows:

  • First boot and initial configuration
  • HW component testing (the so-called burn-in)
  • Installation of operating system, updates, and software applications
  • Physical on-site installation (cabling, networking interface configuration)
  • Trial run (simulated load)
  • Hand-over and production run.

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