Your network is a key part of your business IT system. To keep it running smoothly it’s important you perform some basic network management tasks.
There are several reasons why good network management is important.
A well-managed network will serve your business better, reducing the time you spend solving problems and allowing you to get on with running your company.
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There are five important areas of network management:
It’s important you stay on top of these things. Performed regularly, network management and maintenance needn’t take a great deal of time or cause much disruption.
To make sure network management and maintenance tasks are carried out regularly, make someone in your business responsible for them and build the tasks into your company’s schedule. If you leave them until someone has a spare moment then they’ll probably never get done!
To minimise disruption, perform some computer network maintenance out of normal working hours. Tasks like defragmenting hard drives, running virus scans or testing backup systems can slow down a network server.
You may also be able to automate some management tasks. For instance, virus scanners can be set to perform a full scan at a specific time.
If you don’t have a suitably experienced member of staff to take care of your network management tasks, it’s wise to find an external IT supplier who can do it for you.
If you already work with an IT supplier or support company they may offer a network maintenance contract. These typically cost about £100+ a month for a small company network with a server and five computers.
Although this may sound more expensive than doing it yourself, it certainly reduces the hassle - and can pay for itself if it prevents just one significant network failure.
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