Signs There Are Problems with Your IT

When you start to ascertain whether or not a piece of technology needs to be replaced or just eliminated, the first decision you have to make is obviously how does this piece of technology affect your product/service. If you can utilize the piece of technology and it helps fulfill opportunities, promotes productivity and efficiency, or is overall just a benefit for the company, it is pretty easy to ascertain how to proceed.

However, it isn’t always that simple. Today, we will go through some of your business technology and describe the relevant signs that a piece of it may be failing. 

Server Hard Drives

Traditional computing environments utilize hard disk drives (HDD) that generally last between three-to-five years and will show indications that a failure is imminent. They include:

  • The disk drive is making strange noises (clicking, whirring, humming). 
  • Repeated crashes and software errors.
  • Repeated disk errors. 
  • Strange computer behavior. 

Of course, if it gets to that point, it’s already too late and disrupting your business. Fortunately, there are monitoring utilities that will give IT administrators early warnings of potential hard drive failure so action can be taken before it interrupts your business or causes data loss.

Today there are computers that have what are known as solid state drives (SSD) in them. SSDs are largely expected to last longer, five-to-seven years, and don’t always have the telltale signs of failure that HDDs do. Here is where monitoring your SSD comes in. Just like the remote monitoring services we provide at SRS Networks, if you like, you can download software that will allow you to monitor the strength of your SSD.

Beyond that, there are some signs that your SSD is on its last legs. Error messages that continuously pop up, files that can’t be written or read, and frequent crashes during the boot phase are all examples of these. Upgrading your hard drive before a major failure of your IT would keep downtime and the costs associated to a minimum. 

Networking

Major networking problems can derail any business’ relationships. The loss of access to the Internet and the data workers need to do their jobs extends pretty quickly to the cost of the product or service, and the staff’s ability to support. If you are having a problem staying connected, or getting the bandwidth that you need, you probably have a problem with a router, switch, or some other part of your networking system. 

What’s worse than having hardware that is failing? Not having that hardware in the first place. If your company needs help with their wireless network, mobile computing management system, or any other system used to connect people or move data around, reaching out to the IT professionals at SRS Networks can be a great decision. 

If your IT seems like it is failing there is only one way to be sure that won’t be horribly costly for your business. Call our professional technicians to do a full assessment of your business’ technology today at (831) 758-3636. 

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