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Understand The Early Warnings Your IT Is Telling You

PUBLISHED: 16:06 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:06 06 October 2015

Paul Bonner

Paul Bonner

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Paul Bonner, Head of Technology at Cotswold based HardwareServices, (a division of Hardware Group), explains the warning signs your IT may be telling you.

Technology is constantly evolving with newer, faster and better performing equipment on the market. It can be difficult to know which technologies will be of most benefit to your business and when the best time is to upgrade. Of course, there are many reasons why a company may choose to upgrade but there are a few key warning signs you definitely shouldn’t ignore. If any of these ring true, it might be time to think about investing in some new hardware.

1: You experience too much IT downtime

IT downtime can be a real hindrance, reducing productivity and therefore costing your business money. Whether it’s internet connectivity issues, server failure or just slow applications and software, downtime is a frustration for all involved and one that can be avoided. Investing in a hardware upgrade might seem like a big expense, but the savings you’ll make through improved productivity will more than make up for it.

2: Your energy bills are sky high

IT solutions undoubtedly account for a significant expense within a business but are equally indispensable so, in many cases, this is an expense not to be challenged. However, old, inefficient hardware wastes a lot of energy meaning, whilst IT expenses cannot be fully removed, they can be significantly reduced. In many cases the energy savings that can be made with new servers, more than covers the cost of the servers themselves.

3: Data security is a concern

Old systems running old software will be far more vulnerable to attack than systems running the latest software featuring the most recent updates. If your hardware systems are too old to run the latest operating systems and software programs, your business is more vulnerable to cybercrime. In the wake of increasing security breaches within SMBs as well as Enterprise businesses, this is a pressing concern not to be ignored.

4: You are faced with inconsistent and disparate hardware across your business

Inconsistent hardware across your business, within one office or across multiple premises can lead to control and management issues, compatibility problems, procurement challenges, not to mention unnecessary costs. Upgrading and streamlining your systems so you are faced with consistent models and configurations simplifies management and procurement, reduces costs due to economies of scale and allows for easy movement of equipment, accessories and spares across the business.

Choosing a technical services partner

Whether you are anticipating significant business growth that will need accommodating or are keen to realise the benefits of new technologies such as SDN and cloud, you need to make sure your infrastructure is fully equipped to withstand the demands you intend to place upon it.

Utilising the skills and expertise of a technical services partner to upgrade and support you IT Infrastructure can pay dividends, however when choosing a technical services partner there are several key questions to ask:

1. What similar projects have they successfully implemented and supported?

2. Do they offer a trade-in/ buy-back/WEEE disposal facility for legacy equipment?

3. Can they support EOL/EOL infrastructure, while new equipment is rolled out?

4. Do they have strong multi-vendor accreditations and highly certified engineers?

5. Are you able to visit a state-of-the art demonstration facility?

6. Do they have suitable pre-staging and configuration facilities?

7. Do they provide post implementation training and support services?

About HardwareServices

HardwareServices (a division of Hardware Group) provides a range of end-to-end services to support your IT infrastructure and prepare your business for the evolving technological landscape. ISO security and quality certified, with an impressive collection of multi-vendor accreditations and a team of highly skilled engineers, HardwareServices are well placed to help you realise your IT aspirations. For more information, please visit http://services.hardware.com

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