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What You Need to Know About Your Business’s IT Infrastructure.

July 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

( If you’re setting up a startup, then you’ll soon face the task of setting up your IT infrastructure. You probably know that this isn’t exactly an easy task. But there are several mistakes that even big companies make in this area. Remember these things when setting up your business’s IT infrastructure.

Cutting costs versus focussing on high performance

A lot of focus is out on cutting costs wherever possible in business today. This is especially prominent with small companies and startups. This is understandable, of course – we all need to make some concessions when we’re not a billion-dollar company. But this can create big problems when it comes to a company’s IT infrastructure. Putting too much focus on cost-cutting in this area can really come back to bite you later. Your IT infrastructuBlackMan-BusinessITre needs to be efficient, high-quality, and flexible. Applying austerity rules to it could be a mistake.

Supporting mobility

Workers no longer need to be confined to their desks, nor even to the office. For many decades, employers seem to have strongly resisted the idea of letting employees work from home. That’s because ‘working from home’ seems to have a bad image. But it’s 2016 now, and we’ve got the cloud. By using online business services in combination with our mobile devices, most people can do their job from pretty much anywhere. This shouldn’t be resisted by employers; doing so won’t work to your benefit. Consider business integration into the cloud.

Remembering the importance of strong data storage

Businesses need a lot of storage space for their tech data. You need it for your web hosting. You need it for all the work documentation you’ll need to save. It will also help your employees stay within data bandwidths while they do their everyday tasks. Many businesses will rely on the cloud. And, to be fair, the cloud can offer a lot of data storage space. But having your own local solution – that is, your own dedicated server – is best. For small businesses who want strong server features without the concomitant high costs, colocation might be best. Consider researching colocation pricing for your business.

Outsourcing when you need to

The talk of colocation segues perfectly into the subject of outsourcing. Donald Trump may bemoan the practice, but it’s essential for many businesses both big and small. When it comes to outsourcing features of your IT infrastructure? Your options are more wide and varied than they’ve ever been. You should be wary of the pitfalls of outsourcing some of your IT jobs. But for the most part, it’s cheaper and ensures that the job is done properly.

Keeping everything secure

Cybersecurity isn’t just important for big businesses. A company of any size can be targeted by people who wish to do your tech harm. Of course, the problem isn’t always that of a cybercriminal targeting you. Most problems in this area are caused by errant Internet browsing and attachment downloading. Make sure the security of your IT infrastructure is as strong as you can get it. Cutting corners in this area could cost you big time in the long run.

Staff Writer; Albert Caldwell

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