Companion Data Services (CDS) is able to offer you standard services through these advantages: our size and efficiencies; vendor relationships and bargaining power; standard uniform processing environment; and the adoption and adaptation of proven cost-reducing technologies.
As you face significant challenges in the ever-changing information technology arena, it becomes much more cost effective to work with the best technology experts, paying only for what you use through managed services. CDS managed services are a tool to improve operations and cut expenses. CDS can help transform technology support from a business inhibitor to a strategic enabler providing options for redirecting resources toward core-business interests.
These services are typically standard for our managed hosting customers:
Monitor, measure, analyze and report systems performance as it compares to the agreed-upon service levels. Collection and analysis of statistics. Tuning of system software and hardware environments to meet service level objectives and/or improve those performance objectives to prevent impact on services.
Create and/or incorporate and maintain all supplied or needed documentation, procedures and standards. Validate that all policies, procedures and standards are up to date, of good quality, understandable and followed.
Plan, establish and test the recovery procedures required to provide the services to the customer in the event of a failure.
Identify, record, track and correct issues impacting service delivery. Recognize recurring problems. Address procedural issues. Contain or reduce the impact of incidents that may occur.
Production Support Management
Monitor production jobs and tasks to ensure successful completion. Reschedule, report, tune, maintain and configure the scheduling software.
Ensure the availability of system resources, hardware, software and applications according to contracted service level agreements. Ensure the infrastructure is in place and available to meet requirements for the specified service levels.
Capacity & Configuration Management
Develop and maintain tactical and strategic plans to verify the data center environment accommodates growing and changing business requirements. This includes capacity planning for all aspects of the environment, bench marking and reporting.
Plan and control production batch work, including the administration and coordination of job schedules, execution of schedules, scheduling of resources and the processing of data and transactions.
Resource Utilization Management
Monitor and report on utilization of processing resources per unit of work. Identify any violations or restrictions of resources by type or excess. Coordinate with Capacity and Performance Management to ensure the costs for services are not due to poor performance or resource utilization abuse.
System Software Management
Get and manage software licenses, periodically auditing all software to determine license expiration and renew licenses to avoid service impact or unavailability. Manage all software licenses and associated maintenance agreements to ensure compliance and vender support requirements, and software performance and accuracy.
Provide support, control and management for disk space and tape resources. This includes naming standards, usage standards, proper storage of files, onsite and offsite, and monitoring and maintenance of media to prevent incidents due to obsolescence, abuse, improper use or defect. It also includes quality assurance, the validation of created output and compliance with security and disaster recovery requirements, as well as the operation of media devices, library management, offsite storage management, retention management, and the inventory and recall of data.
This includes building construction, physical safety, power supply and protections against fire, flooding and force majeure.
As organizations face significant challenges in the ever-changing information technology arena, it becomes much more cost effective to gain access to the best technology experts by only paying for what they use through managed service providers.
CDS offers these benefits to your company by using managed services as a strategic lever for implementing and operating technology support. Additionally, CDS builds a partnering relationship with you to help sharpen your company’s operation and performance, giving you a competitive edge.