The questions Private Equity firms need to be asking

Private Equity Technology

I’ve been lucky enough to work with many Private Equity and Venture Capital companies to discuss IT Systems and to develop robust roadmaps for the future of their systems. As you can imagine all have their own nuances in the systems that they use and all need tailored solutions which involves a degree of advice and consultation from the experts. At a time of significant technological change and disruption many companies have shifted gear and optimised their networks, however, I still hear the same question:

“How could we get more from our systems?”

Companies from within the Private Equity and Venture Capital industry have a number of key criteria which make the sector unique:

  • Employees need to be able to work from anywhere at any time of the day.
  • Deals are done at all times of the day and night so it’s imperative that servers are up and running and accessible.
  • The sector is also governed by very tight regulatory bodies so companies need to have reliable tried and tested disaster recovery plans in place.

These points all need to be considered alongside the general shifts in information technology. With others harnessing the potential of their IT; simply relying on the traditional solutions may no longer be the best option for you.

This means it’s time to start asking the right questions.

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What is most important to your business?

The answer to this may not be as obvious as you think. Consider the following:

  • Can you afford for your network to be down at all?
  • What impact would an outage have on the company across all departments?
  • How quickly do you need to be up running in the event of a disaster?
  • How quickly do you need to be able to make changes to your systems?
  • Do you want your staff to be able to work from any location the same way that they do in the office?

After asking these, your answer may include results such as; reliability, reputation, or sustainability, as opposed to the quick fire response of; profit, turnover, return that we often hear before these questions have been thoroughly explored. Many have reached a similar decision: it’s time to implement a solution that has a failover in place to limit the risk of downtime to ensure all eventualities are accounted for; from freak disasters to a dose of bad weather.

The good news is that this type of solution is now readily available, comprehensively tried, tested and proven, and transitioning is a straight forward process.

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Who can help us work out what we need?

The best results come from well designed and expertly delivered projects utilising the right selection of technologies. Those demonstrating rapid and stable return on investments typically focus around:

 

1. Virtual Server Infrastructure

  • Replacing all companies’ servers with less physical hosts.
  • Offers high availability of systems and resiliency in the event of a disaster.
  • If one serve fails the other continues to run all of your servers meaning no downtime for users. Flexibility to provision individual resources in one click.
  • Also offers cost saving with the ability to power down certain servers at night.

Not only does this option offer high availability to your servers it also offers failover and cost savings on hardware refresh and power costs.

 

2. Disaster Recovery Solutions

 

  • Using a virtual infrastructure to deploy replicated systems at backup locations.
  • If one site were to experience a major outage of power or internet automatic failover to second site.

Implementing this solution enables continual access to your systems even in the event of a disaster. Importantly this minimises downtime and enables business continuity.

3. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

  • Allows all users the ability to connect to their full desktop from any device anywhere in the world.
  • Centralised control and improved security for systems administrators.
  • Perfect for any company who has remote or travelling staff.

This essentially provides users with a desktop-on-the-go with full access to all desktop applications with user experience being infinitely better than a VPN solution. You can also dramatically reduce your desktop costs with lesser spec models as you provision their resources directly from the server.

4. Proactive IT Managed Services

As with any high quality solution, a proactive support team in place to ensure the smooth running and planned maintenance of your systems extends the value of your investments.

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Don’t get left behind

One thing is for sure; companies that a have implemented these solutions are already realising the benefits of improved system performance and making the most it.

At Mirus we have extensive experience with Private Equity and Venture Capital clients having implemented a number of very successful solutions and would be happy to refer you to some of our existing clients to understand how we transformed their IT for the better.

 

Contact Mirus IT on 01908 257352 or [email protected]-it.com