The Ultimate IT Services Business Guide to Harness Productivity
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Are you unsure about how to make the most out of your company IT and how to budget for it?
What about security, data management, software updates, internet speed and the cloud?
It can all be VERY confusing stuff!
Hardware Failure. Are you prepared for it?
Hardware Failure in any computer will occur at some point in time. So how do you protect yourself from one of these events?
Firstly try to keep your Servers in an environment that is clean. Running Computer equipment in areas that are dirty or dusty will increase the risk of the equipment failing, especially the disk drives.
Try not to put your servers in small non air conditioned non ventilated rooms where the hardware will become Hot. This will also increase the risk of computer failure.
Use dual power supplies connected to different power circuits and if possible use UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) that filter the power feed and contain batteries that will keep the server on for a short time period in the event of power loss to allow for a graceful shutdown of the server.
Use Multiple Disk Drives configured in a RAID set that will provide redundancy in the case of a disk failure.
Make sure that the system is monitored to detect when hardware fails or power loss.
Most Common sources of Computer Hardware Failure
As Disks are a mechanical unit, as they get older, they are prone for failure. Even SSD Drives only have a limited life span.
If you use only single disk drives and experience a disk failure, it will take considerable time to replace the drive and to restore data / systems onto that disk which will severely impact on your business. The more data you have stored on a disk set the longer the restoration process will be.
Make sure you have multiple drives installed and configured in a RAID set. At a minimum 2 drives configured as a Mirror Set or multiple drives in a RAID 5 or 6 Stripe. This will minimise the impact of Individual Disk failures.
You should also monitor your Disk hardware state so that as soon as a disk fails you are notified so that you can have the disk replaced as soon as possible.
If your hard drive has already crashed, contact us as we partner with reputable Data Recovery Services
Power Supplies are the 2nd most common component to failure.
As these are an electrical device transforming voltages, they generate heat and use fans for cooling. Any of these components may fail.
Don’t purchase cheap power units as these may fail and or short circuit your internal components (motherboard, Ram, Video Card etc).
Correctly size the power supply for your server as an underpowered unit may damage internal components.
Most business grade file servers will utilise two or more power supply units and generally they are hot swappable, meaning that the server can run on one Power supply unit and the failed one can be replaced whilst the server is in an operational state. Therefore if your server can use multiple PSUs make sure you don’t run on only one unit.
Depending upon the type of PSU failure, you may have to replace the whole server or worse cause an electrical fire.
Generally Issues with Motherboards and other internal circuit boards is due to faulty Power Supply Units. When this occurs, in most cases the server needs replacing. Without a Same Day or Next Day warranty you could be faced with lengthy delays in obtaining new server equipment and the time to install and configure the new Server. Costing your business time and money.
Add On Cards such as Network Adapters, Fibre Storage Host Bus Adapters etc can also suffer hardware faults.
To avoid lengthy down time install multiple cards, at least dual Network Cards and configure the cards for High Availability / Fault Tolerance Mode.
We use a Holistic approach to managing and protecting your information assets and ensuring your system can continue to operate in case of a serious incident or Hardware Failure and with our unique technology, be able to recover to an operational state within a reasonably short period in minutes, not days.
In the event of Hardware Failure, either the whole device (server) or individual components such as Disk Drives will need to be replaced. This may require the server to be Rebuilt from Scratch and Data to be restored.
If a server has to be rebuilt, you could be faced with lengthy downtime whilst you acquire new hardware, and to install and configure the equipment.
To minimise the impact of this you need an Intelligent Business Continuity Solution that will backup your whole server, and in the case of a major incident allow you to run up a Virtual Recovery Server clone of your failed equipment. This will allow you to continue to work whilst you arrange for your original equipment to be repaired and rebuilt.
Three things to consider for protecting
Upgrade to Hybrid Cloud Technology
If you’re a business that needs their data, there is only one way to protect it. Hybrid cloud technology. It provides unparalleled redundancy that guarantees efficient and reliable backup. Since physical devices are automatically mirrored in the cloud, recovery time is virtually eliminated, meaning no more costly downtime for you or your clients.
Get Instant Virtualization
You can now recover your data in seconds. Backups of physical devices can be virtualized and started locally or remotely to keep you and your business up and running without interruption, no matter what. Business continuity has never been this easy, reliable or fast.
Invest in Screenshot Backup Verification
It takes backup monitoring to the next level with automatic validation of backups to ensure their integrity. After backing up, SBV will virtualize and test-boot servers using patented technology to ensure there aren’t any concerns with the data. No more, guessing—rest easy knowing your data and business are safe.
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