Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tips for Upgrading Your Computer Network

It's easy to buy the misconception that the technical revolution has all but eradicated the need for regular computer maintenance, and that networks are far too advanced to still have to worry about things as simple as gears, backup, firewalls, and all the other techie mumbo jumbo many of us consider as archaic as an 8-track. What too few realize is that computer maintenance is no less important. It merely needs to evolve at the same rate as the technology it supports. As systems become more complex, it is absolutely crucial each individual contributor is fine tuned to achieve maximum performance. One of the preferred methods are to outsource IT support.

The good news is that IT companies, which have been simultaneously adjusting systemic issues as computer technology advances, are available to help. They've also exposed day-to-day maintenance techniques you and your colleagues can apply to lower the need--and, therefore, costs--of your company's infrastructure.

The best places to focus your efforts are in the monitoring, upgrading, "housekeeping," and configuration of your network. A solid network maintenance plan will keep you covered.

When network problems do arise, they are rarely subtle. If your network is regularly monitored, these issues can be detected early on, limiting the amount of damage to the network's system and expensive overhauls.

One of the biggest improvements to new technologies is that you, the user, are immediately alerted when a new upgrade is available. It's worth the five minute install-restart process to keep your computer up to date as new versions of various software become available as they will include components that block the current viruses invading computer systems.

Network "housekeeping" is just as it sounds. Just like a luxury car, your computer is still a standard machine: It will run smooth as long as you give it a good inside service--a Spring cleaning, if you will.

Finally, the configuration of your network is essential to the success of its basic functionality. Develop a standard procedure when entering new employees and new applications. Having a rhythm will help you avoid costly missteps that will lead to network crashes.

Advanced computer networks may seem like a great new toy. But this is a Porsche, not a Chevy. Jiffy Lube doesn't do the job anymore. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but paying close attention to these four basic elements will end up saving you more time and money down the line. Once you develop a standard plan of attack, you'll be on the front lines of the technological revolution, the best place you can be when trying to leverage your current assets and maximize the true potential of your company's output.

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