Is it time to move your servers off premise?Posted on 16 September 2020 by Beaming Support
Used to store files, run databases, speed up processes and much more, servers do the heavy lifting on your business network. Server problems can cause issues ranging from slow performance through to total failure, resulting in significant downtime.
Servers need some specialised care to keep everything working optimally, but on-premise servers don’t always receive the attention they need. Moving your servers to a managed environment ensures that they’ll be looked after by technicians with specialist knowledge and can help you avoid data loss, downtime and cyber security threats.
Here’s our list of server problems that can be remedied by moving your servers off-site into the care of a managed service provider.
This is one of the most common problems with servers and can lead to them freezing up or completely switching off. Turning the server back on immediately after just causes the same problem. Servers do a lot of work, which produces a lot of heat. If they’re not kept at the optimal temperature with good ventilation, this could lead to hardware failure, resulting in lost data, further downtime and the expense of replacing equipment. The right cooling equipment can be costly and noisy for anyone sat nearby. Like your servers, it also needs some specialist upkeep.
You’re not sure who has third party access
Your servers run various software applications provided by third parties. Have you ever given them access to your servers to install something or resolve a problem? Or has someone in your organisation done so without your knowledge? It’s hard to keep track, but an MSP will assist third parties that need to access your servers and ensure that they do so in a secure way.
Speak to any one of Beaming’s tech team and they’ll have plenty to say about cable management, but for most people it’s not something they consider…until someone trips over a stray cable in the server room and your network’s down while you work out where it was plugged in. Relocate your servers to a managed environment and you’ll have no worries about this.
It’s really important to install server updates as soon as they become available. This improves performance and – most importantly – fixes potential security flaws that could otherwise be exploited. If you’re struggling to keep up with software updates or find it hard to schedule them at a time that doesn’t disrupt your organisation’s work, placing your servers into the care of a good managed service provider means they’ll be scheduled to be done as soon as possible, at a time that suits you.
Data backups are not resilient
When you backup company data to an on-site server, you run the risk that a catastrophic event, be it a cyber attack or an “Act of God” such as a flood, could not only damage your original data, but the backup you’d want to restore from, too.
You’re vulnerable to cyber attacks
Being integral to your ability to work, servers need to be protected with robust security measures; physical, hardware and software based. Do you know who’s had physical access to your sever room? Are you confident that your firewalls are configured to provide maximum security? In a managed environment, physical access is restricted to authorized individuals and your MSP will ensure that the latest technology and expertise is employed to protect your servers form cyber attacks.
You’re running out of space
Though it’s not technically a “server problem”, physical space is at a premium for businesses, especially now that social distancing measures are in place. Relocating servers to a managed environment is a way to free up some real estate.