5 hardware upgrades for an efficient 2017

 

Purchasing new hardware may feel like an excessive cost to your business, especially if your machines seem to be working. However, by investing in your IT systems you will see the benefits dramatically outweigh initial purchase costs. A faster network and more efficient hardware will boost productivity allowing you to focus on growing your business. These are the top five pieces of hardware you should consider updating or upgrading in 2017.

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1. PCs and laptops

Have you been avoiding purchasing a new PC? Old machines are prone to faults and slow machines mean wasted time. For each PC or laptop older than 3 years your business is losing around £4,805 a year. See our recent blog post for the full breakdown.

Older machines are also less compatible with new software, making them even slower as they try to run the latest operating systems. It also means that once your hardware is unsupportable, your machines and network are vulnerable to viruses.

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2. Server

If your business doesn’t already have a server…
Are you using an old PC as a server? PCs are not designed to be running constantly and have the potential to stop working. This leaves you vulnerable to losing all your data and the costly downtime whilst your makeshift server is being replaced. A server is more reliable, it is designed to manage, store and process data 24/7, 365 days a year. By implementing a network in your company, you will benefit from:

  • Increased security and data recovery
  • Ability to update all machines from central point
  • Virtual working
  • Shared resources
  • Larger capacity on faster workstations

Why not consider moving to the cloud…
By moving your network to a virtual server you will no longer need physical hardware that needs to be maintained or updated. Instead, for a monthly subscription your network, files, and data will be hosted online. The benefits are:

  • Flexibility – easily scale your business up or down when needed
  • Higher level of security
  • Less risk of downtime
  • Efficient data recovery
  • Business continuity in case of disaster

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3. SSD (Solid State Drive)

If you do not want to upgrade your hardware, installing an SSD is a good alternative. You can see a detailed list of the benefits in our previous post Supercharge your PC: 5 reasons why you need an SSD. Some of these include:

  • Breathe new life into an old machine
  • Energy efficiency – a longer battery life on your laptop and less energy needed to power your PC
  • Durability

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4. Switches

Network switches are a critical part of the connectivity structure between your end-user devices (PCs, Laptops & Phones etc) and your servers and internet connection. Outdated switches could be reducing your potential network speed by 10%. 100Mb switches are a common cause of a slow network and internet access, disrupting your employees from loading files, running database software, viewing websites and downloading emails. Replacing outdated switches with standard 1Gb versions will deliver the best end-user experience and speed up your working potential.

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5. UPS

A UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) is installed between the electrical mains and your IT equipment to protect your hardware from power surges and failures. This gives you enough time to save documents and to let systems shut down correctly, avoiding hardware damage from unexpected power surges and data loss.

At ITVET we design a perfect solution for your requirements. To discuss your hardware or your company’s IT efficiency contact us on 01279 464 470 or email [email protected]


Too many newsletters?

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Is your inbox a mess of promotions or company newsletters? Emails from legitimate companies are not technically spam but it is still annoying when your inbox is full of  company updates and discount offers from pizza chains. 

Instead of deleting these emails or marking them as junk it may be better for your inbox in the long term to unsubscribe from them. Legitimate emails will have an ‘unsubscribe link’, usually at the bottom of the email and often in very small text. (If you are having trouble finding the link you can press ctrl + F to use your browser’s search function – here you can type ‘unsubscribe’ to see the link quicker.)

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It may seem a chore but if you flag all spam emails in your inbox as they arrive you can unsubscribe from in batches rather than individually. In the long term you should hopefully see less of these memory taking nuisances! However, you should only click links in emails if you are certain they are from companies that you have used in the past or if you are certain they are genuine. For tips on how to spot a scam email, you read our previous blog post about phishing here.

For any enquiries email us at [email protected] or call us on 01279 464470.


Caution: Amazon Refund Scam Emails

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We are seeing a huge increase in the number of phishing and malware loaded emails recently. The most common and very dangerous ones we have seen claim to be from Amazon confirming a refund.

There are many different types of scam emails so you really need to be on your guard, it is so easy to click on a link or open an attachment. The damage to your computer or network could be huge, and very costly to repair. If you receive any emails with attachments or links, even from a well-known source or colleague, stop, and take a moment to consider whether the email could be fake. Check the content of the email carefully, look for tell-tale signs, such as grammatical errors. Think whether you have recently done business with the supplier in question. If you are in any doubt do not open the attachment, or click any links.

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Although there is no 100% way to stop all scam emails, it is still worth using a good quality hosted email filtering service, such as Trend Micro’s Hosted Email Security. As a rule this will stop around 90% of unwanted emails. Equally do invest in a leading brand Anti-Virus and malware removal tools. But even by deploying the best protection systems on the market, the best form of defence still remains as end user awareness.

If you would like a free no obligation consultation on how best to protect your company network, then call one of our security specialists today. For more information or any enquiries email [email protected] or call on our team at 01279 464470.