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How Finance Sysadmins Avoid Nasty Surprises as They Grow IT

<p>In finance, there’s the good kind of surprise – a sudden inheritance, an unexpected upturn in the stock market, finding $20 in your pocket. And then there’s the bad kind.<br>
Financial services firms try their very best to avoid the latter, which is why system administrators in this industry spend a lot of time fail-proofing their company’s IT system. Downtime is simply not an option for banks, investment firms and stock exchanges, because people’s money and livelihoods depend on these systems being up and running.&nbsp;</p>

<p>So sysadmins stack servers on top of servers on top of servers to ensure that, in the event of even the smallest interruption, the system is able to instantly recover and keep performing. But what happens to all this redundancy when you want to make changes to that IT system? How do you maintain a stable technology infrastructure that supports the ever-changing scope of finance IT?<a href=" target="_blank">[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"4234","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"3661","style":"width: 250px; height: 215px; float: right;","width":"4252"}}]]</a><br>
In our new eBook, <a href="“Stay Bullish: How Finance Sysadmins Bridge New and Old IT,”</a> we address these questions and describe the factors that are introducing new technologies into an industry that has traditionally been very resistant to change.</p>

<p>We also explain how IT monitoring enables finance sysadmins to integrate new technology into their IT estate without upsetting the current flow of operations.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The right IT monitoring solution for this type of transition is able to offer three big benefits:<br>

<h2>1. Wide IT Coverage</h2>

<p>Most finance firms have their fair share of decades-old servers and mainframes, and while lot of these systems are still sturdy enough to work even 30 years after installation, newer technology can offer better flexibility, responsiveness and security. That’s a big reason why, as we explain in the eBook, the world’s biggest stock exchanges have made the switch to Linux-based IT, and why finance firms are following suit.&nbsp;<br>
A lot of sysadmins find themselves in the middle ground, introducing new servers and software while still trying to support the old stuff. An IT monitoring solution with a wide breadth of technology coverage can monitor hardware and software of any age, protecting your evolving infrastructure even as you continue to make changes.&nbsp;</p>

<h2>2. Automated IT Response</h2>

<p>If you’re a sysadmin in the finance industry and you spend a lot of time reacting to crises, you’re doing something wrong. Managing IT in finance is all about developing a well-planned, carefully choreographed process, and automation is an important part of that.&nbsp;<br>
By programming automated responses – such as an event handler that immediately switches resources from a compromised server to a new machine – you ensure that your company’s business isn’t entirely dependent on you jumping in and making a manual fix. As our eBook explains, automation can also improve the quality of your IT reporting, scheduled maintenance and infrastructure upgrades.<br>

<h2>3. The Flexibility to Support Anything</h2>

<p>Every finance IT environment is unique, and often custom-built to the specific needs of that particular company. All those custom applications need to be monitored right alongside out-of-the-box solutions like Microsoft Office, so your monitoring platform needs the plugins to support every program.&nbsp;<br>
Our eBook describes how Brian Honaker, a systems engineer at Heartland Payment Systems, relies on customizable plugins to support the payment processor’s ever-changing IT estate and enable 11 million daily transactions.&nbsp;<br>
In this industry, you’ll likely always be thinking of ways to improve your infrastructure, incorporate better technology and make your job easier. Flexibility is how you future-proof your IT estate against and avoid unpleasant surprises as you scale and adapt.<br>
<strong><a href=" your copy of &nbsp;“Stay Bullish: How Finance Sysadmins Bridge New and Old IT,</a></strong>”&nbsp; for free and learn:</p>

<li>How to balance your time and cost with firm security and high reliability in your IT systems</li>
<li>How the biggest exchanges such as NASDAQ are moving forward with their new IT systems and datacenters and</li>
<li>How Heartland Systems processes and monitors nearly 11 million transactions in one day with Windows, and Linux</li>

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