Stop Twiddling Your Thumbs: 8 Tips to Avoid Downtime

Stop Twiddling Your Thumbs: 8 Tips to Avoid Downtime

What do your employees do when the internet goes down?

Invent games to play on the assembly line. Make phone calls. Go down the hall to say hello to co-workers. Lock up and go home early. Rearrange your desk 13,147 times. Go to lunch early and stay late. Doodle.

To say we rely on the internet these days is a blatant understatement. When the network goes down, the wheels of production grind to a screeching halt. That halt costs companies an average of $100,000 per hour, according to an AppDynamics report.

From manufacturers who rely on maximum uptime to ensure a viable profit margin to the doctor’s office that is required to guard patient records, to the nonprofit that uses technology to provide critical services to their clients, nearly every organization depends on technology.

Understandably, you probably don’t like to have employees wandering the halls, playing games on the assembly line or shutting down and going home in the middle of the day because of downtime.

We’ve put together these 8 tips and tricks to reduce IT downtime:

1. Install at least two internet lines from two different providers using different mediums. For example, cable and fiber.

2. Use high-availability, redundant firewalls that can fail-over from one to the other.

3.  Backup your data. Have more than one backup system. Server image backups in the cloud along with an on-site backup system ensure your data is intact and available for failover should you need it. You’ll barely skip a beat at work.

4.  Backups aren’t just for data anymore. Use dual processors, dual power supplies and hard drive RAID to ensure your servers don’t have a single point of failure.

5.  Consider placing your line of business server infrastructure in the cloud or using a hosted service. In the event of an internet outage at your business, employees can continue work remotely or anywhere they can get an internet connection.

6.  As ransomware and other cyber-attacks continue to plague organizations small and large, it is imperative to keep your systems up-to-date. Secure local workstations, patch systems to fix bugs, update your firewalls and other security tools. This minimizes downtime caused by cyber-attacks.

7.  Security training teaches end users to be aware of and recognize phishing scams and other malicious emails. This awareness of possible threats helps prevent downtime.

8.  Don’t forget about physical threats like fire, earthquake or tornado. Do a natural disaster drill so everyone knows what to do in case access to the main server goes down. Practice at least once a year and right before busy seasons.

If you’re not prepared, it doesn’t take much to knock your business offline. Sitting around playing table tennis all day might sound fun to your employees, but it can be quite costly to your organization. Make sure your organization has the ability to keep going in the face of challenges.

What games will your employees play when the network goes down? If you want the answer to be none, contact Networking Results online or (817) 575-6230.

2017-08-24T11:01:57-04:00Blog, Client Update, Informative, Services|

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