RFP 2.0: How to Build a Future-Ready IT Infrastructure

Every new IT infrastructure purchase you make today helps set the foundation for a flexible IT architecture in the future, which will enable you to efficiently deliver IT on demand. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Manish Goel explains the new RFP template which offers seven key purchase criteria to help you make the best storage decisions for your company.

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Every new infrastructure investment represents an opportunity to position your company for the future. Today's virtualization, cloud-based IT services, cost containment and green IT initiatives require storage that is more adaptable than ever before. The key is asking the right questions in your request for proposals (RFPs) and requiring vendors to provide measurable proof that they can deliver on these new IT realities.

The new RFP should reflect seven key purchase criteria to help you make the best storage decisions for your business. These criteria enable a shared virtual infrastructure and the flexible IT foundation needed to remain competitive. This new buying criteria gives you the knowledge to build an architecture that can seamlessly move from supporting today's most demanding applications to powering tomorrow's on-demand service delivery model.

Solutions that deliver on these seven essential points will provide the flexibility, efficiency and future-proof foundation required to help your business:

Point No. 1: Unified architecture

Constant change is the nature of business. A flexible architecture that supports multiple protocols including Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), iSCSI, Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ensures a flexible foundation to meet any business demand. One architecture must be able to handle all work loads and requirements-current and future.

Point No. 2: Scalability

A storage infrastructure has to be able to scale on the fly as business demand grows and data increases. A successful IT architecture should deliver extreme efficiency that increases with scale and extreme flexibility that sustains no matter the growth of a business. The ability to scale instantly in multiple dimensions-performance, capacity and operationally-is essential to meet business demands.