The IT infrastructure consists of all elements that support the management and usability of data and information. These include the physical hardware and facilities (including data centers), data storage and retrieval, network systems, legacy interfaces, and software to support the business goals of an enterprise. The structure also includes hiring, training, policy, testing, process, upgrades, and repairs.
Hardware IT infrastructure does a number of things, including allowing you to connect to your network and have access to the outside world. It also stores your data, and allows you to recover and use your data. Any infrastructure that involves more than one computer or person should also provide a means by which to communicate with the people or devices involved in the network.Hardware includes but is not limited to the items listed below:Server,Hard drive,Network Cables,Printer,Storage Devices,Laptop.
Infrastructure software is used to ensure that people and systems within an organization can connect and do their jobs properly and ensure the efficient execution of business processes, share information, as well as manage touch points with suppliers and customers. This type of software is not necessarily marketing related or used for business transactions such as selling products and services, but is more operations related, ensuring that business applications and processes can keep running effectively.
Network infrastructure is typically part of the IT infrastructure found in most enterprise IT environments. The entire network infrastructure is interconnected, and can be used for internal communications, external communications or both. A typical network infrastructure includes:
Networking Hardware: Routers Switches LAN cards Wireless routers Cables
Networking Software: Network operations and management Operating systems Firewall Network security applications
Network Services: T-1 Line DSL Satellite Wireless protocols IP addressing