6 Signs You’re a Slave to Your Server
You’re working late at the office and everyone else has already gone home. The standard life of a CEO/CFO and other managers. You’re ultra-focused, trying to tie up the loose ends on a project, yet you can’t help but notice how slowly your computers, programs and the web are running. It would make sense that things move a bit slower when the other employees are around, but should it be this slow when activity is at a minimum?
That dreaded reality—“My server is slow…”—isn’t what you want to discover when you’re working late and want to salvage at least some of your weekend. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of a slow, inefficient server, then you know just how bad this can be. What’s worse is you might not even be aware just how slow your server is because maybe it’s always been functioning below average.
Check out these 6 signs you’re a slave to your server:
Slow everything pretty much sums this one up. Webpages should take a maximum of 2-3 seconds to load. Everything from programs running poorly to uploads/downloads taking a long time can all indicate that your server is in need of service.
Old Age & Outdated Capabilities of Server Hardware
If your server is older than current technology standards and/or doesn’t have enough processing power, then it’s pretty clear you need an upgrade. Keeping up with technology as it evolves is a must.
Inefficient Programming, Code and/or SQL
The programs, software, HTML and other web script work together within your server to form an intricate architecture that builds your company operations. If the architecture of these programs is poorly written, then your server will have to work harder; therefore operations will take more time than necessary.
Unstable Network Connections
A slow network connection and/or internet provider will slow your server down, even if it is up to date. It’s kind of like trying to channel the flow of a fire hose through a straw—it just doesn’t work.
Less than Ideal Slow-Server Location/Too Many Network Hops
If your company has multiple locations, but only one server location, the distance between your computer and your slow server can cause speed issues. Depending on how your network-to-server communication is routed, your speed issues may be caused by too many data transfer relays. This is similar to a train travelling across the country—each stop at a train station is just like a network hop. More stops, slower train. Working on a project across great distances on a slow server with too many hops will cause delays in updates, making real-time collaborations difficult.
A Constant Hum…of Complaints
Your team members work hard to do a great job for you. When they’re always dealing with a slow network, they have more time to get distracted—and more distractions means decreased productivity. Decreased productivity means worse customer service, inferior production times and a negative impact on your bottom line. This chain reaction is simply no good for any business.
Into The Cloud
These are just some of the most common signs and reasons why your company’s server may not be working optimally. How do you solve these slow server issues? There are multiple options here, but one of your best options is “the Cloud.” “The Cloud” is a popular phrase these days, but because it’s still a relatively new technology, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it. Have no fear! We’ve got you covered.
Managed private cloud services provide many benefits that a standalone internal server has difficulty competing with, especially when it comes to small- and medium-sized businesses. Managed private cloud services offer these services, features and benefits (and more!):
- cost efficient
- virtually unlimited storage space
- backup and recovery
- automatic software updates and integration
- easy access to information
- quick deployment of system and functions
- simultaneous, real-time collaborations
- can work from anywhere with an Internet connection
Sounds great, right? But it’s not that easy to transfer your company’s entire virtual network from an internal server-based system to a cloud-based system. This is where an outside IT service provider comes in. Realistically weigh the potential gains and consequences of an in-house network vs. outsourcing the cloud switch to an IT services hosted network—the results might happily surprise you.
An IT service provider takes their job just as seriously as you do—your success is their success. It is their job to be cutting edge—and their job to provide the most efficient, effective, fast and reliable network services possible. Just some of the services offered are:
- Managed Private Cloud Services
- Data Backup Services
- Disaster Recovery Planning
- Email Spam Protection & Internet Security
- IT Planning and Installation
- Proactive IT Preventative Maintenance
- Consistent, Reliable IT Stability and Support
Again, these are just a few of the benefits involved in outsourcing your IT services to a professional IT provider. With managed private cloud services, you don’t have to worry about painfully slow server performance on your company’s internal network. You no longer need to worry about that nightmare situation of your server going down—so you can finish that project at home on Sunday morning instead of staying late at the office on Friday night.