Here at Copper State Communications, we’re famous for providing some of the best phone systems and cabling services in the industry. But many people don’t realize that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our offerings. With us, you get a whole lot more than just telephony.… Read More
The big trend involving the transition from an on-premise solution to one in the cloud continues to grow. Computer Economics’ highlighted in a benchmark study in their annual report on staffing, and spending for 2017/2018 that this growing trend will continue to rise. Furthermore, the study found that the IT budgets at most organizations are steadily increasing.
But while IT budgets are increasing, they are not going toward hardware or more staff. In fact, the budget toward capital spending was at 24 percent of spending in 2013, but dropped to 18 percent in 2017. This is common with organizations that move to cloud-based services because they no longer require new hardware or significant upgrades to existing hardware – the cloud provider has almost all the hardware that is needed.
As for staffing, cloud-based services also reduce any needs in that department. The study by Computer Economics found that less than 50 percent of organizations have additional staffing plans for 2017. This is significant because the economy is doing well right now, which would generally offer resources for extra staffing. However, with cloud-based services, IT departments require fewer staff members.
So, if organizations are cutting costs in hardware and staffing, where are they increasing their budget? The answer lies in business applications, security, networking and end-user devices. Money that might have normally been put into an on-premise data center — which is now being offloaded to an off-premise provider — can now be used to strengthen other areas.
When it comes to cloud-based communication tools, you can find many advantages with the right provider. Advantages include comprehensive solutions in an IP Internet platform, continuous wireless connectivity and backup, and managed IT solutions, such as end-to-end management of a combined voice and data network.
Cloud-based communication technology also offers excellent colocation redundancy and reliability with hundreds of domestic and international data centers. The best communications providers will help you keep pace with new technology, improve bandwidth speeds and business connectivity, and boost productivity.
At Copper State Communications, we’re bringing many organizations into a cloud-based services existence. We know business Internet and voice technologies are central to the success of our clients, and we’re offering them in a way that is truly benefiting them – in the cloud, where they’re saving money yet improving their services. For more than 35 years, we’ve been the go-to company for IT services and telecom in Arizona, so contact us today and let’s talk about how we can improve your services.
Are you experiencing performance issues with your computer network? Does it seem like it’s not running as effectively as it used to? Given the nature of technology, eventually, you’ll have to replace all of your computer hardware. But before you do, give your network a boost by trying these four IT maintenance best practices.
Update Your Software
As a general rule, it’s recommended that all of your software is up-to-date. From a performance standpoint alone, running the latest software generally improves efficiency because it takes into account and fixes all known bugs that slow things down.
Additionally, up-to-date software addresses known security risks, like the latest viruses and other online threats. Many of these computer viruses have the ability to slow down your system. Therefore, having a good security solution will protect your network’s data, as well as improve performance. We know that it can be difficult to stay on top of updating to the latest versions of software, which is why we offer to do this for you remotely with our managed IT service.
Sometimes, your computer network experiences a hardware issue that’s so severe it will cause your system to slow down to a crawl, or even become entirely disabled. For unfortunate times like this, corrective maintenance is in order. Having to perform major fixes to your system is never fun, and it can actually be quite expensive. However, when breakdowns happen, addressing and fixing the issue is the only way to get back on track.
Corrective maintenances can be costly and burdensome, which is why we prefer to take a proactive approach to IT maintenance. With Copper State Communications’s managed IT service, we remotely take care of small issues with your system, before they turn into big problems. This approach minimizes IT repair bills, which will save you money in the long run.
Often times, the network problems point right back to a troublesome server unit. If the server unit giving you grief is an older model, and you happen to have another server unit that’s newer and underutilized, then server virtualization is an answer to your server woes. Essentially, this method allows you to consolidate the applications on your old unit to your new one. This allows you to get rid of your older unit entirely, which will save you significant maintenance and utility costs. Although, be warned that server over-consolidation with excessive virtual machines on a physical server can lead to deteriorating performance and system instability. This is why it’s always a good idea to have IT professionals perform such an important procedure, like the pros at Copper State Communications.
A Hardware Refresh
It may be the case that a hardware refresh is in order to get your network performing like it needs to. By replacing key computing components, you may be able to extend the life of your equipment, as well as give it a performance boost. Common components to seek out in a hardware refresh are CPUs, RAM, and hard disc drives.
Going with a hardware refresh can be tricky because you have to determine if a troublesome device is better off getting refreshed or replaced altogether. On one hand, you don’t want to sink money into hardware that’s a lost cause, and on the other hand, you don’t want to buy a new and expensive piece of equipment like a server unit if you can get the results you’re looking for by swapping out an inexpensive component. For a major decision like this, it’s a good move to first check with your IT consultant.
Of course, no technology is perfect and every piece of hardware will eventually fail or become obsolete. When this happens, you’re going to want a technology expert in your corner to help you select a new piece of equipment that’s right for you. Copper State Communications can assist you with this, along with all four of these IT maintenance practices.
To improve the overall performance of your company’s technology, call us today at 888-550-4484.