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Colocation: Why SLA Agreements Are Smart For Business

Colocation and service level agreements. What are they and why do you need them? In this article, we’ll review what colocation is, how its services are useful to businesses, and then why service level agreements are so important.

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Managed Services: The Significance of Monitoring Systems

Proactive and reliable system monitoring has become increasingly crucial as part of network managing services. With the advent of high capacity and enhanced performance systems, managing the complexity of IT technologies has become even more challenging. To gain a competitive edge in the market and to keep one-step ahead of competitors, robust system monitoring has become the need of many businesses. Below are the top four reasons why monitoring your business applications and systems is important for a company.

1. Boost Your Productivity and Performance

System monitoring can help with the measurement of current performance as well as the identification of areas that are in dire need of improvement. So, you can help boost the overall performance of the system by identifying and touching-up these areas. Rather than stepping up and solving issues as soon as they occur, a pre-planning phase can help the system become less vulnerable to disruptions and threats.

2. Upgrades Can Be Pre-Planned

Monitoring is yet another way of keeping a close eye on the necessary or relevant updates required. This pre-planning phase can save you time and effort later when an upgrade becomes due. The proper inventory may be kept in place for such technological upgrades, saving you from any sort of last-minute and/or unexpected changes.

3. Reduce Downtime

Downtimes are severe for a seamless and uninterrupted user experience, which makes it all the more essential to monitor the IT infrastructure intermittently. To avoid disruptions and downtime, a proactive approach to system monitoring is fundamental. Learning from past experiences and detecting problems before they occur can help you make informed decisions and achieve peak performance.

4. Detect Problems In Advance

With system monitoring in place, failure patterns may be detected and comprehended in advance. This priority detection will result in resolving the problem without impacting the end users and their performance. Any and all warning signs and cues may be picked up while monitoring to ensure they are fixed in time as well as a seamless end-user experience.

As they say, caution is better than a cure. Now that you are aware of the whys, it’s time to consider adopting a proper system monitoring protocol.

By adopting a consistent system monitoring exercise, businesses can ensure a robust IT infrastructure that functions perfectly well, without distorting the end user experience. In addition to this, problems and issues may be identified prior to unnecessary and tedious downtimes, saving both cost and effort. Detection of problems helps with creating contingency plans that may be used as a back-up, to avoid system halts.

For additional help with managing your systems check out our Managed Network Service options.

 

Do Digital Better – Start With Your Network

Is your network secure, up to date, and operating at the speed of your business? For most IT teams or technology managers, this scenario is unrealistic.

Managing a network involves a ton of manual activities.

From installing probes, building VPN tunnels, logging into CLIs for each device, and parsing what is returned – all to ensure your company isn’t exposed to downtime or the latest security threat. On top of that hiring, training, and retaining adequate in-house talent to keep your operation stable and technology current is difficult. The cold hard truth is, you’re doing anything and everything to keep your head above water. Read more

Tips for Selecting a Managed Service Provider

Selecting a company to manage your business network and applications is not easy.

So, how do you know which one is right for your business?

It’s important to evaluate the key offerings the service provider has available. As an example, will your business receive fully managed, secure, and independent connection streams with dynamic routing? Is their team of technical experts available 24/7/365?

To make sure your network is always running smoothly you’ll need to know if the managed service provider uses state of the art tools to monitor your network. To help, we’ve put together a 5-step checklist that you can use to confirm you’re making the right choice.

How to identify the right Managed Service Provider:

1. Does the provider manage outside of your network?
Make sure the network provider can support all of your local, national, and global needs.

2. What do the fees entail?
To get the best pricing for the service your company needs, research their packages.

3. What will my IT Team be responsible for?
Your IT Team should focus on the core of your business, not someone else’s. Ensure the support is all-inclusive.

4. Can the provider retrofit to your businesses network?
The managed service provider should design the network around your system to boost productivity and profitability.

5. Private networking drives security.
Keep your data and network security with only Internet traffic going to the Internet.

For a downloadable checklist, see our Tips for Selecting a Managed Service Provider resource.