27 giugno 2019

6 Ways to Minimize IT Downtime

Minimize IT Downtime

6 Ways to Minimize IT Downtime

Servers are the backbone of any IT environment, and even if you're running a small business, any outage can still have a direct impact on your bottom line and ongoing business operations. Take 10 minutes to learn how to reduce infrastructure downtime from unexpected breakdowns.

People say time is money, and with good reason. If you're a business owner, you'll probably know the true costs of enterprise IT downtime, outages and failures and how it can negatively affect your business. Downtime is missed sales revenue, lost profits and wasted time. It's customer dissatisfaction, reduction in productivity and broken promises - it's brand damage.

According to Gartner, the average and total cost of a single minute of unplanned downtime is $5,600. That's about $300,000 per hour. Of course, these staggering numbers can range dramatically based on company size and industry. Nonetheless, system breakdowns can cost a business thousands of dollars.

The risk of server downtime can't be eliminated entirely. You can, however, take a few proactive steps to drastically reduce the frequency and impact of downtime.

1. Secure Your IT environment

While downtime can be caused by hardware malfunctions, failed software updates and network issues, the most significant and frequent cause for server breakdowns is human errors and accidents. In order to prevent server outages due to physical influences, the first step is to secure your server room from obvious hazards and dangers such as fires, water damages and power cords someone could accidentally trip over. In addition, the servers should be kept under lock and key and accessible only to authorized and qualified personnel.

2. Make Routine Server Backups

In the event of a sudden and unexpected server breakdown, you want to be able to restore business-critical data as quickly and seamlessly as possible. It’s important to know that a server backup is not just a copy of files and databases, but also the operating system, applications, configuration — everything that keeps the digital heart of the business pumping. Put short, scheduling regular server backups allows to significantly decrease downtime and minimize the risk of data loss, giving you greater peace of mind.

3. Monitor Your Servers

One of the best and most effective ways to minimize the amount of downtime is to get notified before the servers will be going down. With a server monitoring solution, you are able to monitor the current health status of your entire IT environment—including memory, storage drives and CPUs—and watch for potential red flag alerts, indicating complications related to that particular category that need to be resolved. If (or when) complications occur, you’ll receive a notification via email, phone and text message, allowing you to react immediately when technical issues are detected.

4. Keep Power Consistent

Like blood is vital for a human body to stay alive, a server must have constant power to maintain uptime. Without power, you will experience prolonged and costly downtime. To prevent inconsistencies in power, implement a properly functioning uninterruptible power supply, often referred to simply as a UPS, to keep a data center infrastructure up and running during power spikes or surges. The UPS provides the necessary backup power, so if the primary power source fails, the server will still be powered by the UPS, resulting in reduced downtime and damage to the infrastructure.

5. Update Your Devices

We know—maintaining the devices of an IT infrastructure can be a daunting, time-consuming and often expensive task—especially when time is limited, and budgets are squeezed. Nonetheless, staying current with the updates and patches of your operating system, hardware, software and applications is crucial to reduce the risk of failure and downtime.

6. Buy Refurbished Hardware

Finally, in case of a breakdown, the overall costs and downtime can be significantly reduced by replacing faulty devices with refurbished parts. How? Well, for many obsolete and legacy product lines, finding brand new, unused parts can be a challenging task and cause unreasonable long lead times which increases the amount of downtime. Kimbrer Computer stocks, source and deliver a wide variety of quality refurbished servers, storage and networking equipment—including end-of-life and hard-to-find parts—with same-day shipping and fast delivery options to keep the risk of downtime to an absolute minimum when replacing or upgrading an IT environment.

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