A few questions when evaluating current IT resources OR looking to purchase new IT resources.
In the event of a failure, how will we recover the service and data?
Where is the backup data being written?
How large is the data requirement?
What is the mixture of performance computing and storage versus standard performance and storage?
Will data be replicated within the data center or to another data center?
What are the performance objectives for the server, storage, and network?
What are the dependencies in recovery order in the event of a failure?
What technology is in place to ensure rapid recovery of the solution?
What technology is in place to provide stability of the service within the environment?
Is there sensitive data within the environment? If so how is that data being identified?
Can an existing investment be leveraged?
What is the operating system?