Migrating to a data center facility does not necessarily resolve issues or automatically alleviate the headaches associated with server administration. Opting for Managed Services is one of the most important decisions an IT manager can make; it can help focus on the major issues and relieves the problems of data loss and outages.
IT managers are often overwhelmed, not only by day-to-day maintenance , but also by major applications for which they are responsible. This could disrupt necessary upgrades, such as delaying upgrades on physical hardware, which could result in continuing to operate very old servers. It is recommended that your servers be replaced every four years. However, life cycle depreciation varies from organization to organization. Ideally, you should ensure that your servers are replaced and updated according to a predefined matrix and schedule. Life cycle depreciation can be eliminated by leasing servers for a set period of time; new hardware upgrades can then be requested upon termination of the lease and contract renewals.
Reduce downtime and site outages by ensuring your traffic load is properly balanced. Nothing spells disaster like having a server or site go down due to unexpected traffic volumes! Ensure your load is split between hardware located in one data center facility; you also can spread it throughout the nation or even globally. Geographically balancing your traffic load can help minimize pesky latency caused by your products’ global domination!
Keep technical contacts updated with your service provider. Your service provider will perform routine maintenance on its systems from time to time. Standard procedure is to notify all customers; however, if your CTO or ancillary technical staff members are unaware of these maintenance windows, it could be perceived as an outage.
Proper notification will ensure that you have a plan in place to ensure proactive steps are taken to prevent being affected by system maintenance and reduce downtime.
Productivity gains are more important than ever for organizations working to be more efficient. Equipping all employee workstations with a standard power backup UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) provides a five-minute window to save work and properly shut down computers in the event of a power outage. Regular testing of this UPS equipment can help ensure the success of this backup plan. Alternatively, you can also setup remote workstations in the cloud by using cloud servers.