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Startup budget - how not to spend everything on project infrastructure

Each startup sooner or later comes to the idea of ​​creating an IT infrastructure for its project. This seemingly harmless idea, without the right approach, can turn into an abyss that destroys a startup's budget. We will figure out how you can save money and what common mistakes startups make at the stage of infrastructure creation. 

Ways to save a startup budget when creating infrastructure 

Plan infrastructure requirements ahead of time 

In order to get an efficient infrastructure, you need to understand what you want in the end. To do this, you need to analyze potential traffic and growth prospects. Among the main requirements are the following:
  1. Infrastructure availability is the key to a successful business. The infrastructure must be able to withstand various loads, which will not always be static. 
  2. Ease of Operation - The simpler the infrastructure, the easier it is to handle, and the easier it is to train staff to work with it. This will help in solving emerging problems and facilitate support. 
  3. Scalability - companies are in a state of continuous development, so the system must be scalable and flexible. 
  4. Safe - security means maintaining the serviceability of services in the event of a targeted attack, as well as the safety of user data. 
  5. Cost - It is important to consider not only the cost of initial installation and configuration but also the cost of maintenance in the future. With the right infrastructure configuration, significant savings can be made in the long term. 
These are basic requirements that a startup often puts forward to its IT infrastructure. The situation may be different in each particular beam, therefore, in order not to spend the entire startup budget, it is important to select the equipment configuration individually for each individual company. 

Plan your budget 

Budgeting for a startup is an important part of the job, especially during the startup phases. When setting up the infrastructure, along with the basic requirements for the infrastructure of the project, you need to plan a budget, how much you are willing to spend on the IT infrastructure. It's important to consider not only the initial setup fee but also the maintenance cost. If you have already decided on the amount, then in the future you need to adhere to such a plan, otherwise, the infrastructure can take over most of the funding. As a result, the company will have no money left for other important tasks. 

Use the cloud 

The cloud allows you to significantly save resources due to its flexibility and ease of scalability. Now the main providers of cloud solutions such as Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure provide ready-made solutions that can significantly simplify the installation process and make it cheaper. In addition, most popular infrastructure solutions already support cloud-based services. Of course, not always and not everyone needs the cloud, but it can also be used as an addition to your main server in case of unforeseen loads or for storing backups. 

Common mistakes in infrastructure creation

Lack of data storage structure on the server 

Often, when the team is small, the data takes up little space on the server and is decomposed into some folders. When a company grows without clearly structured files, the data server becomes a collection of everything in which no one can find anything quickly. Raking up such a volume is not an easy task; such a problem can be avoided due to clear structuring of data at the very start when the infrastructure is just being laid.

System development without technical documentation

Technical documentation is the backbone of projects. When creating the infrastructure, while the project is small, it may seem that everything is simple and there is nothing to document, but over time it will begin to grow, specialists may change, and new ones will not be able to figure out what was done there and how. As a result, we get a project that will be difficult to fix if something breaks. The creation of technical documentation from the very beginning of the project is like an investment in the future. In the future, no matter how much the DevOps team changes, this will not greatly affect the startup budget. 

Purchasing software based on brand or trends

Now technologies appear very quickly, and as a result, this can lead to the fact that during the selection of suitable technologies the company will focus not on the usefulness and quality of the program, but on how popular it is in the market at the moment. Another reason for choosing the wrong technology may be the desire of programmers to follow trends and test the technology at the expense of the company. In such situations, it is important not to blindly follow trends, but to analyze your needs and, based on this, select the appropriate software.

That is, in order not to spend the entire startup budget and the infrastructure, it is important to understand what you want to get at the end, as well as adhere to certain rules in order not to repeat common mistakes. If you are afraid that your in-house specialists may not have enough experience to create a clear and efficient infrastructure, contact us and we can help you.