Even before I arrived at Core3 Solutions in Birmingham, Michigan, I was well aware of a major mistake that a large number of small and mid-sized businesses often make. It is an error that could prove to be fatal for your business, and it's called "Server Neglect".
Times are tough in SE Michigan. Actually, times are tough everywhere. It is commonplace for a business to scrounge the couch cushions for extra change, or to tuck away the dough they DO have for a rainy day. I can't say that I wouldn't do the same thing, but not at the cost of neglecting the beating heart of my business. A server ordinarily is responsible for an enormously large percentage of everything that is holy for a business. A company's email, virus protection, and vital company data and documents are to a business as noodles are to spaghetti. In some cases, a server also hosts the company website, or enable users to utilize the organizations bookkeeping or logistics software. As a business owner, you have to ask yourself, "What would happen if these services became inaccessible. Could my business still function?"
Not to worry, yet. As they say, "It's not over until the fat lady sings". In other words, if you server is still running, you still have a chance to prevent an operational meltdown. How do you know it's about time that you gave your server some much needed care? Well, here are a few tell-tale signs to look for, courtesy of Microsoft Business:
1. Your server is running slower than it should:
If your server is laboring, it may be time for a cleanup, or even an upgrade. Servers running lower than 80% efficiency, should be checked out.
2. If your server spends more time getting fixed than working properly:
If you have a server that spend more time on the operating table than it does helping your business accomplish day-to-day tasks, than it may be time to invest in a new server all together.
3. If your server's fan has raised its volume:
If you notice that your server's fan has progressively gotten noisier, it may be time for a new server. It typically means it has to work harder to accomplish the same task it used to do with ease. This comes with age.
4. Expired Warranty:
If the server's original warranty is expired, it usually means both that your server's age is to a point where you should look towards a replacement, and that if something does happen, its manufacturer will no longer support it.
For more of these "Server Neglect" diagnosing tips, please refer to the following artice from Microsoft Business:
So, if you think you may be experiencing any of these issues, make haste. It may be time to give the one you SHOULD love most, your server that is, some well deserved attention. If you aren't sure, give Core3 Solutions a call and we'll take a look.