Hardware vs software configuration management Part 1

Information technology (IT) plays a a vital part in any business. It is therefore important to safeguard all your IT and data assets. The correct infrastructure management solutions will help you to keep your systems running and maximise both IT and employee productivity. There are many risks and dangers that might potentially threaten the integrity of your company’s IT, but whether it’s downtime or threats that can result in lasting financial loss, brand damage or legal liabilities – efficient infrastructure management ensures that you’ll be all systems go no matter what happens.

Part of infrastructure management is a systems engineering process that includes the maintenance of all the business’ stored data and information. This includes listing the installed software, the network addresses of the computers and the configuration of different pieces of hardware. It also means creating updates or ideal models that can be used to quickly update computers or restore them to a predefined baseline.

Configuration management software makes it easy for a system administrator to check which programs are installed and when upgrades need to be done. For example, if a user needs to run a program that is incompatible with the newest operating system, the system administrator would note this when looking at the record for that user’s computer and know not to upgrade the operating system.

As your business grows, so do your IT requirements.  As dependence on IT grows, it becomes vitally important to efficiently manage and safeguard IT and data assets.  Strategix Infrastructure Management solutions can help keep your systems up and running and maximize IT and employee productivity. We also assist your IT team to efficiently roll out new software solutions or upgrade existing ones.

Our Infrastructure Management solutions will assist to protect your business against downtime and threats which can result in lasting financial loss, brand damage, legal liabilities and other extremely unpleasant consequences.

Differences between hardware and software configuration management

Also known as application lifestyle management versus product lifetime management, setting the two apart is becoming increasingly complicated as software and hardware are having more and more interaction with each other. This could be because of the fact that more and more software is creeping into traditional hardware solutions, people realising that software cannot be treated simply as being part of hardware and also because, as hardware becomes more affordable, software further impacts hardware requirements.

Despite the increased synthesising between software and hardware, some fundamental differences that affect the configuration management of each remain.

  • Hardware is built to last; software is designed to change.
  • Hardware costs tend to be production-oriented; software costs tend to be development-oriented.
  • Hardware changes are typically part-centric, while software changes are usually function centric.
  • Hardware has a simpler hierarchical design and assembly with well-defined interfaces; software tends to be more complex, at least from a design perspective, with fewer standard parts, more complex interfaces and vast amounts of code.

Next week, we will share the overlapping elements and commonalities between software and hardware, and also take a closer look at the best subsequent way to approach configuration management.

CONTACT STRATEGIX FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING:
  • Monitoring and management of network, server, storage and user devices, including proactive management of threatening activities, capacity issues and other systems and network management services.
  • Hardware and configuration management including operating systems and related license management
  • Application software management
  • Security management
  • Automated backup and restore management services