A network requires routine maintenance in the same manner as an automobile. In fact, automobiles and networks are analogous in several important ways.
For example, an automobile needs an oil change every 3,000 miles, and the tires must be rotated and balanced every 10,000 miles. It might even get washed once or twice a week. This type of tight maintenance schedule is also important to a computer network. If an automobile owner never changed the oil, could he blame his mechanic if his engine burned up? Certainly not. The driver is responsible for the maintenance of his own automobile.
The same is true of computer networks. Having a hardware technician inspect a network does cost money, but it is necessary and should be considered part of normal maintenance. Many computer problems can be avoided by a good maintenance regimen. Think of it not as an unnecessary or frivolous expense, but as a preventive measure for your network.
There are a number of points that might be covered by such an inspection...
System performance and reliability might be discussed and weighed against installing updated drivers for system devices such as printers or network cards.Often, hardware manufacturers rewrite drivers as part of their own problem resolution process. In most cases, they post their updated drivers on the Internet.You should also have the hardware tech delete any unnecessary files.
Uninstalling old or unused programs is part of this process. This helps to speed up the following maintenance chore: DEFRAG. Fewer programs and files to scan or defragment will speed the process of running those utilities. Heavy use over a long period of time may sometimes lead to deterioration of both the storage surfaces themselves and the
mechanical portions of the drive as well.
Running DEFRAG will help your computer run more efficiently in some cases. When files are deleted, or programs are installed or uninstalled, files become fragmented. That means that instead of being arranged on the disk drive in a contiguous, consecutive manner, files are scattered about piecemeal, or in fragments. This slows down the hard drive because it must now make several passes in order to get an entire file that it might need.
Avoid potential viruses and spyware. These programs are insidious and will affect every aspect of your system. Virus protection software and Spyware blockers will help you detect, detain and destroy potential hazards. This is one area where you can never be too careful.
The importance of a backup
One of the most important responsibilities in maintaining your hardware is examining your backup process. A hardware professional can watch the procedure and verify that a good, restorable backup tape is being produced every night. Backups are important for two reasons. First, and most importantly, a backup can be
restored in the event of theft, natural disaster or data corruption. Secondly, in unique support situations, a backup could be restored by The Source Computing as a test. A computer network requires at least yearly inspections by a local hardware expert, just as a vehicle merits an occasional tune up. Observing a strict maintenance
schedule will benefit a dental office many times over in network stability and reliability, and furthermore could avert an untimely breakdown in the future.
The Bottom Line
IT services do come at a cost, but in the long run your company will benefit exponentially from the expertise of a professional. Whether it be installing a new or optimizing an old network, ensuring your network security, backing up or recovering files, setting up remote access, creating and managing your website, or any of the other myriad of things an IT company offers, it is an essential part of any modern business.