Control SMB IT Spending without Compromising

SMB IT budgets are under pressure again! In a recent survey, Spiceworks found that only one third of organizations expect IT budgets to increase this year while 45 percent expect no change. Additionally, only one quarter of organizations expect to increase IT staff headcount and the vast majority — 68 percent – expect no change to headcount. That signals a big shift from last year’s survey, when nearly half of respondents expected both IT budgets and staff headcount to increase.

You can download the full Spiceworks 2015 IT Budget Report to learn how more than 1,100 IT pros manage budgets and make use of the latest technology including virtualization, cloud and BYOD.

Many SMB clients, tell us they need value-priced IT infrastructure — and infrastructure management tools — without sacrificing performance. If you’re looking to control IT spending without compromising, Lenovo and Spiceworks can help you build the right-sized infrastructure and cost effectively manage it.

Lenovo ThinkServer tower and rack servers are ideal platforms for environments needing right-sized computing due to their combination of low-power consumption, compact footprint, high reliability and performance at affordable price points. ThinkServer systems help you alleviate IT budget pressure by aligning price value with necessary performance in a wide variety of demanding use cases including SMB data centers for virtual, cloud, and stand-alone workloads, hardware refresh projects and Windows 2003 upgrades, remote and back-office environments, web front-end compute nodes, and retail-centric environments such as point-of-sale and digital signage applications.

Spiceworks, a company based in Texas, provides an excellent option to help control the labor costs associated with monitoring the availability and health of IT infrastructure in SMB environments. Spiceworks offers free IT apps to help manage IT infrastructure, including servers, networks and software, in multi-vendor environments. Spiceworks also supports a large, vibrant online community that participates in forum discussions, how-tos, ratings and reviews, videos and vendor pages, which can be very helpful to SMBs. Lenovo is a long-time sponsor of the Spiceworks community.

The free Spiceworks Network Monitoring application helps SMBs stay on top of their servers by providing a real-time view of what’s happening with critical systems including uptime and performance. To monitor ThinkServer systems with the monitoring tool, simply add ThinkServer systems to the device list from within the tool. The monitoring tool helps alleviate IT budget pressure with zero up-front cost, along with being easy to deploy, learn and use. It also helps reduce ongoing costs by helping to keep a centralized, watchful eye on the entire IT infrastructure and network, to see and pinpoint problems at a glance and dive into each monitored endpoint to resolve issues quickly. 

Learn how to help reign in IT infrastructure spending without sacrificing performance and resiliency by deploying ThinkServer systems. To learn how easy it is to monitor your SMB IT infrastructure, including ThinkServer systems, visit Spiceworks