IT Infrastructure Planning
What is IT Infrastructure?
IT infrastructure refers to the combined hardware, software, network and services required for the operation and management of an IT environment. It enables a company to deliver IT solutions and services to its employees and/or customers. Depending on the size and nature of the business, the IT infrastructure can either sit within the organisation or be outsourced to an IT specialist.
IT infrastructure – be it brand new or an upgrade to existing infrastructure – is a considerable capital expenditure. It is therefore crucial to align the infrastructure to your business goals and to make informed decisions on the IT solutions that will achieve those goals.
Typically, a standard IT infrastructure consists of the following components:
- Hardware: Servers, computers, data centres, switches, hubs and routers, etc.
- Software: Operating system, drivers, utility software, productivity applications, company specific software and more.
- Network: Network enablement, internet connectivity and WiFi, firewall and security.
- Your team: Network administrators, developers, designers and generic end users with access to any IT appliance or service are also part of an IT infrastructure.
IT Infrastructure Planning
- Our IT consultants first gain a thorough understanding of your business goals and your brand strategy in order to translate those into a technology vision.
- Design and virtually model the IT network architecture to show you the optimum IT infrastructure.
- Recommend the most appropriate IT hardware and software as well as designs for communications room, data cabling, voice & TV cabling, wired & wireless networking.
- Produce WiFi scans and schematics as well as mobile signal surveys to assess additional infrastructure required for employees and/or consumers.
- We will project manage the total process end-to-end including leased-line tender process, budgeting, scheduling and coordination of project stakeholders.
- Our certified installation team will supply and configure the hardware and software.
- Our technical team can also provide ongoing IT support and pro-active monitoring of networks and hardware.
- We can act as a consultant alongside your IT department or you can outsource the entire project to us.
IT Infrastructure Consultancy for Build
Our IT consultants have experience of projects within the construction sector including large-scale holiday resorts, multi-unit residential buildings and visitor attractions. We have worked directly with clients and architects from the early pre-construction stages of the RIBA Plan of Work*.
IT infrastructure can be overlooked by contractors for new buildings or simply viewed as just a part of the mechanical and electrical plan. However, with the demand by end users for the latest technology, developers can not afford to view IT infrastructure as a simple add-on. It is fast becoming the fourth essential service within any building. Consumers expect high-speed WiFi and data points; clients expect an intelligently designed communications centre that can operate all the building management systems such as CCTV or heating systems.
Here at Curve IT, our consultancy team can provide a full IT infrastructure strategy for any building that will complement the mechanical and electrical plan. Our early involvement in the RIBA Plan of Work pre-construction stages has assisted not only in the design of the IT infrastructure but also in the design of physical aspects of buildings. This service can save on costly retrospective changes to buildings as well as saving time in the build schedule because IT installations can be dove-tailed with electrical installations.
We aim to understand the way you want the building to operate; how people will move and flow around the building; the technology you wish to supply to the building and what you wish to deliver to your end-user to meet your brand strategy plan. From this knowledge we can plan, design and source technology to deliver even the most ambitious project.
* The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 (devised by the Royal Institute of British Architects) organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using building projects into a number of key stages. It details the tasks and outputs required at each stage which may vary or overlap to suit specific project requirements.