By Jennifer Adams
Most IT functions rely on the dependability and infrastructure of the company’s network server, so its accurate and timely management is essential for business operations. Proper Server Management can save your business money and its reputation. For example, if a server is taking too long to respond to requests, the company will lose business. For this reason and more, Server Management is the unsung hero of many companies.
What is Server Management?
Server management is a way of monitoring and maintaining servers as they operate. It begins with the servers’ basic components, hardware management, software management, security, and backups. The goal is to alleviate slowdowns, eliminate downtime, maintain a secure environment and to ensure the servers continue to properly support the organization as it grows and changes. Maintaining a server is no small job which is why it’s a good idea to outsource it to a Managed IT specialist, unless you have a qualified IT professional in house.
Why does a business need a server?
Servers have multiple purposes in anyone’s network and execute several critical tasks for the company. As many tasks as your company must complete, it’s easy for files to get misplaced, especially when multiple devices are involved. Servers are great for:
- Backups – With a properly configured and tested backup, users can prevent almost any data loss scenario.
- File Sharing – Servers are designed to act as the gatekeeper for your files, while still allowing the right people to have access. For example, private documents can be stored, shared documents, and read only functions can be permitted on specific documents. This makes data sharing for your employees easier and more secure.
- Manage how much printing is done - Is someone making too many color prints? Your server can help with that by allowing administrators to access print reports and adjust as needed.
- Hosting Essential Software - Depending on the program, a server may be an absolute necessity. This is because not every software is designed to be hosted online so doing so would corrupt the software and possibly void any warranties (think QuickBooks). Is internet service not so great in your area? That’s another great reason to have a server. A server makes it possible to access your applications, even if the internet goes out.
What are the benefits of server management?
- Scalability – Your server is flexible and can be configured to meet the needs of your business as you grow. Your managed IT provider can monitor and suggest changes as needed.
- Security - Server management is an extra layer of security that helps keep out unwanted malware, viruses, worms, and other types of threats.
- Timely Updates and backups – A good managed IT provider will take preventative measures to avoid malfunctions within your server which can cause data loss. Timely updates
- Assistance from experts – It takes quite a bit of money to recruit and properly train an in-house IT professional. A great way to save money yet receive the same high-quality support is by outsourcing your IT to a team of trained professionals. A Managed IT provider isn’t just a random guy messing with your network. They have years of training and experience that makes them a knowledgeable and efficient choice for small to medium sized companies.
By outsourcing your server management to an IT professional, you are giving yourself and your company the advantage of the best IT support, which saves time spent troubleshooting problems and more time focusing on what your company does best. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!