There is a danger looming over your business that you may not be aware of.

This danger doesn’t take the form of recession or competition.

It comes from within… and it has the power to instantly switch off your business through no fault of your own.

Four words that have the power to change everything as you know it: “The server is down.”

For many businesses, servers are an absolute necessity. It’s the heart of your company’s data, file sharing, applications and email.

Servers may be the most crucial equipment in your office, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the most resilient. Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but server doomsday is inevitable regardless of the size or type of business you own.

The catastrophe of a defective server leaves you exposed to the threats of downtime and having to spend a hefty amount on data recovery. Technology failures can cost businesses millions of pounds in lost revenue every year.

So, what happens when your server decides to go AWOL?

Firstly, panic.

This is a very natural response. It’s OK to lose control for a few minutes when your entire business screeches to a halt because of a technology failure.

But then take a deep breath and collect yourself. You’ve got this. You need to troubleshoot the problem and find out why this happened in the first place.

In the meantime, get your employees to work on tasks that don’t require the server. It could take at least a day to rebuild and restore data, so try to keep your workforce productive with other tasks like paperwork and calls.

Here are a few ways to figure out the source of a server problem:

Check all the connections and make sure all cables are correctly plugged in.

  • Reboot the system.
  • Check the proxy settings.
  • Check the IP address and default gateway settings.
  • Check the connectivity of your network by pinging another computer.

If none of the above works, the problem may be more serious. In this case, get in contact with an expert right away.

If you have an IT support company, they’re probably already on it, but if you don’t, it may be time to consider other options to make your business more resilient.

So here comes the next big question:

Are you satisfied with keeping your server setup in-house or is it time to consider more flexible alternative solutions?

After dealing with your in-house server crashing, you may be asking yourself the same question every business owner ends up at: do I replace my old server or should I switch to the cloud?

Everyone’s talking about The Cloud nowadays and for good reason. Adopting cloud technology for your business comes with numerous benefits and takes away the headache of an in-house server.

Your cloud strategy needs to be treated the same way you would any other strategic element of your business and must be in-line with the goals and objectives of your organisation. If you need any assistance during your transition or advice on cloud computing, feel free to give us a call, and we can help you to get started.

If you are experiencing issues with your server now and are looking to switch your solution, give us a call and we can help you make it happen: 01628 563636