Taking Care of Business
Small businesses network administration makes up the largest segment of our business. In addition to lengthy field experience troubleshooting, designing and maintaining networks we bring a secret weapon to our work – we enjoy it! Unlike other, so-called “service providers” you don’t need to send out a search party when you need us. We pick-up our phones, respond to all emails promptly and are available 24/7/365 for our contract customers.
Realize Increased Productivity & Value With Creative Networking
Most business owners and managers know that sharing an internet connection, data files and printers is the primary functions of a modern small business network, but it should be a great deal more. Did you know you can share many scanners and fax machines? There are also new devices that can extend the capability of your network. For example, NAS (network attached storage) devices provide secure, compartmentalized storage for data and backups. Some can even act as personal “cloud servers” to share files securely with remote workers or travelling staff over the internet. Tablets, computer kiosks and custom applications can also allow you to leverage infrastructure in creative ways. VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) telephone systems can be real cost reducers and service enhancers for small businesses but particularly those with multiple brick and mortar locations or with telecommuting workforces. These are just a few of the ways a good network administrator will help you extract greater value and productivity from your existing IT assets.
Update Your Network Equipment and Save Money
Many small business networks suffer from outdated thinking or equipment. For example, the cost of internet bandwidth has decreased sharply in recent years. It you haven’t explored the alternatives you may be overpaying for an under-performing connection. Alternately, some companies regularly upgrade their bandwidth but fail to upgrade related routers, switches and access points so they do not get the full benefit of the improved connection. One of the worst ideas anyone can hold on to about small business networking is “don’t fix it if it isn’t broken”. They see an organized computer room or note a lack of service disruptions and believe all is well. Unfortunately, most computers and network devices are simply not designed to last much beyond five years so ongoing maintenance and upgrading is essential. The lower maintenance, repair and migration costs that come from replacing computers and other infrastructure devices on a regular schedule (known as a refresh cycle) almost always beat the perceived savings from using a computer or device until it fails. Top of the line hardware is great if you have the need and the dollars, but an experienced network administrator will save you money by using high-quality, lesser known devices without unnecessary bells and whistles. Further, you have a much better chance of paying the lowest price for preferred hardware when you plan and time your purchases.
A Good Network Administrator is Always Thinking About Security
If you store medical or financial data on your network, there are serious consequences to using older, less secure technology and practices. Even if you have no special regulations to follow, it is important that you safeguard your employee, customer and financial data from prying eyes. If you don’t have proper network administration in place to keep software and equipment up-to-date and secure, you are exposing yourself to numerous risks. Some of our customers hire us to do a security audit once or twice a year. Others have us do essential maintenance such as weekly backup checks and installing software and security updates on a weekly or monthly basis. We work with you to design a program that reflects your needs and budget.
Whether you need a one-time consult, occasional troubleshooting or active ongoing management, Z Logic brings a seasoned, common sense approach to the administration of your network. The most important words in IT networking are simplicity and best practices. Properly applied, these concepts will ensure that your network is the safe, efficient engine of productivity that will help you meet and exceed your business goals.