Your IT Fitness Plan

It’s a widely known fact that technology is virtually hardwired into in the workplace.

A good IT infrastructure will be well structured and thought out - But for such a complex system to function, the health of IT infrastructure has to be maintained… Regularly!

The problem is that, much like our immune system, IT systems are constantly exposed to viruses, accidents and breakdown.

And like personal health, measures can be taken to prevent premature deterioration, sickness and untimely demise.

Here is a little fitness plan that you can put in place to avoid the catastrophic consequences of data loss, expensive hardware wreckage or costly downtime.

  1. Slim down your Exchange Server

“You could do with losing a few kilos…” Whilst this is never pleasant thing to hear, we all know it is to our benefit to maintain a healthy weight. Similarly, a heavily burdened system results in slower performance. Overly full hard drives or memory limits the efficiency of your computer.

Keep your infrastructure fit and trim by running regular reports that will provide early notifications that you need to free your computer of excess baggage.

  1. Strengthen your system’s immunity

Vaccines and vitamin regiments bolster your immune system to aid in preventing many potential problems from getting a foot hold.

A good systems management solution will monitor your entire infrastructure to ensure health – including patch management and security updates.

  1. Send your infrastructure for routine check-ups

Your doctor will ask you to visit from time to time for a check-up, just to make sure everything is working as it should.

Utilise systems management software to schedule scans on a regular basis - and be sure to pinpoint which specific areas (like those that have the highest risk of potential exposure –for instance your internet-facing or Reverse Proxy infrastructure) should be scanned so that your IT infrastructure remains safe and healthy.

  1. Examine your check-up results properly

Thorough check-ups with your doctor help catch issues early – but if you don’t action recommended advice, you could find yourself at the wrong end of an unhealthy situation. Well setup reports will generally provide you with a full diagnosis, which allows you to take corrective action such as updating or replacing outdated or vulnerable software before it becomes a serious problem. There’s no point conducting the scans if you don’t examine the results.

  1. Monitor the internal organs of your IT infrastructure.

When you need to gain a crystal clear picture of what’s going on inside your systems, the System Center suite works like an MRI scan: it generates a clear picture of the anatomy of your IT infrastructure. This helps you get a good look at your CPU usage, Windows services or Windows updates, various internal processes, the state of your anti-virus software and your firewall as well. It is an extremely valuable preventive measure – and you know how the old adage goes! Prevention is better than cure. You can also use elements of the System Center solution suite to periodically run synthetic tests against your infrastructure and report the results – better that you know first before your users.

IT infrastructure forms a complex system, just like your body. If any part of it does not function properly, its impact runs deep, and fixing a problem can often take a great deal of time and effort. A proactive approach is essential to manage the health of your IT infrastructure.

If you would like to speak to one of our Consultants regarding an fitness plan to get your infrastructure into shape, please contact us on 1300 652 207.

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