Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Microsoft Infrastructure Optimization (Maturity) Model

Zojuist kwam ik op technet een interessant "maturity model" voor de infrastructuur tegen. Ik vind dit model vooral interessant van wegen zijn "no-noncense" karakter dat ook prima dienst kan doen in een niet-infrastructuur context.


Voorbeeld van de "no-nonsense" beschrijving:

Basic: “We Fight Fires”

The Basic IT infrastructure is characterized by manual, localized processes; minimal central control; and nonexistent or unenforced IT policies and standards regarding security, backup, image management and deployment, compliance, and other common IT practices. There is a general lack of knowledge regarding the details of the infrastructure that is currently in place or which tactics will have the greatest impact to improve upon it. Overall health of applications and services is unknown due to a lack of tools and resources. There is no vehicle for sharing accumulated knowledge across IT. Customers with Basic infrastructure find their environments extremely hard to control, have very high desktop and server management costs, are generally very reactive to security threats, and have very little positive impact on the ability of the business to benefit from IT. Generally, all patches, software deployments, and services are provided high touch and high cost.

Customers benefit substantially by moving from this type of Basic infrastructure to a Standardized infrastructure, helping them to dramatically reduce costs through:
  • Developing standards, policies, and controls with an enforcement strategy.
  • Mitigating security risks by developing a "defense in depth" posture: a layered approach to security at the perimeter, server, desktop, and application levels.
  • Automating many manual and time-consuming tasks.
  • Adopting best practices, such as those of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL); the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, and Security Institute (SANS); and so on.
  • Aspiring to make IT a strategic asset rather than a burden.
Does This Sound Like You?
Find out how to make your Basic infrastructure more Standardized.

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