Your infrastructure is the hardware, software, and employees that support your business. So, how can you get the best return on your technology investment? Being a small business in Maine, you have three basic options to keep your infrastructure updated and secure. You could wait until an issue arise often called the “break-fix” method but when that issue does arise it could be taking down an entire department. You could hire an internal IT manager, but that can’t be costly for the business, or you can work with a Managed IT Service Provider that brings the most cost-effective benefits. Technology can be the biggest asset for your company but only if you use the right software and work with the right IT service provider.
To achieve the most out of your hardware, you must run it under optimal conditions. Preferably, hardware runs best in climate controlled areas. Generally speaking, temps under 75 levels with 30 to 50% humidity is good for most computers. High temperature and sunlight shall result in a computer to perform hot. Extreme heat shall decrease the computer’s life expectancy over time.
Increasing your software investment is a bit more complicated. First, you must find out what applications and devices require software updates. Updating software means a patch is necessary for your management system.
A patch management system is a program which allows you to apply software updates to applications and devices systematically. A lot of people know that OS’s and antivirus software require updates. But did you know that your personal computer BIOS, firewalls, routers, switches, server raid arrays, and other hardware devices have often had updates too? Hardware devices run a type of software known as firmware. Firmware can be updated. Most firmware updates improve the efficiency of the device and can even go as far as making it more secure.
Plan For The Future
Keeping each one of these devices current can be an intimidating task, but a plan will help you do it. For example, update your firewalls, routers, and switches on the first Monday of every month. Friday of every month defragment your computer hard drives the second. Set a schedule for patch management and follow it. You must actively manage your technology infrastructure to get your expected return on investment. Be sure to employ these methods to help you manage it. Ensure that your hardware works in a clean, cool and humidified environment
Why Choose Pegas
At Pegas Technology Solutions we are dedicated to work with your Maine business and to exceed your expectations. When you work with Pegas, you will have access to some of Maine’s top engineers and consultants. We would love to help your business become more productive and to solve all of your Information technology needs for your company. Give us a call at (207) 835-4053 to get started today.