Does your organization have an internal IT department? If so, you’ve probably noticed that they are too busy problem solving to focus on improving your infrastructure. If they do have time to innovate, chances are they’re neglecting important maintenance. All it takes to improving your infrastructure and operations is, contacting your local managed service provider.
The best way to know how to improve your infrastructure is to know where you’re currently falling short. You can accomplish this with a network audit (aka "due diligence", which can take a look at your current infrastructure setup with the intention of identifying weak points, where there are opportunities for improvement. This can come in the form of software updates, hardware upgrades, and security patches. We’ll delve into some of the best reasons how a network audit from Ashton Technology Solutions can help your organization.
Identify Network Troubles
Your network’s data flow can be complex enough that you might not notice any inefficiencies at first glance. Of course, no two networks are the same, so the solution that works for one organization will likely work differently for another. A network audit can help you identify the specific needs of your network. For example, a network bottleneck could restrict the flow of data and prevent issues that bite you later on in the day (think of an email backup--receiving the day’s email messages all at once at the end of the day). The best way to find these issues before they cause trouble is to use a network audit to find them.
Discover Hardware Issues
How long have you been using the same servers and workstations? If it’s been around for even a couple of years, there is a significantly higher chance of your business suffering from a hardware failure. This type of disaster is something that is completely preventable thanks to a network audit. We can take a look at your network and discover warning signs that point toward hardware failure. You can then take measures to prevent these issues altogether.
Patch Up Security Problems
Software is mandatory, but it can be annoying as it needs to be updated so frequently in order to keep vulnerabilities under control. New threats develop every day, and they need to be handled in a preventative fashion so that you don’t accidentally suffer from a data breach due to a failure to update the software in a timely manner. Unfortunately, with so many workstations and servers at your disposal, you’ll have trouble applying patches to every single one. A network audit can be used to determine which patches need to be applied immediately. Better yet, when combined with Ashton Technology Solutions’s remote monitoring and management service that leverages automation to ensure all software is updated regularly, potential problems can be resolved quickly.
The Most Important Benefit of All
A network audit is a valuable opportunity to put a face to the name of the IT professional handling the process. Ashton Technology Solutions can provide this network audit, and you can watch our knowledgeable technicians in action doing what they do best. You might even ask us about all of the other services we offer for small businesses just like yours, including network security, data backup, disaster recovery, and remote monitoring and management.
For more information about the services we can offer your organization, reach out to us at 216-397-4080.