As a network administrator, one of your most important jobs is to ensure that your network is continuously improving. That can be challenging, but even more so this year with the impact of COVID-19 around the globe. Businesses everywhere have had to work to keep their customers and employees safe, all while maintaining their network. However, even if your network performed up to established standards in 2020, you’re probably aiming to enhance system performance even further in the new year. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Eliminate network confusion
One of the risks of a large mixed-vendor network is that you can easily lose track of the equipment you are using. This can lead to a lot of confusion when it comes time to perform regular maintenance and network troubleshooting. To avoid this complication, perform an inventory to gain a clear picture of the devices powering your network. If possible, map out your network and stay vigilant about updating it when new devices are added or removed.
Heading in to 2021, cybersecurity should be one of your top concerns, whether your business has been breached or not. Understand that cybercriminals are now seeing a high percentage return on investment from the sale of hacking and ransomware kits to other potential lawbreakers, and so they will continue to be actively looking for vulnerable networks with weak access points. With this in mind, stay on top of software and firmware updates to prevent unauthorized users and malware from entering your network and wreaking havoc.
Stay under budget
This could be one of your toughest challenges this year, especially if several of your devices need to be updated or replaced. After all, network equipment can be very expensive. One way to stay under budget is to avoid paying sticker price through an original equipment manufacturer (OEM); instead, consult a refurbished technology provider for your critical infrastructure and maintenance needs. Here at Network Craze, you will receive like-new network equipment and comprehensive service for a fraction of the cost commanded by the OEM.
Do you have any questions about how you should manage your network in 2021? Maybe you’re wondering how you can stretch your IT budget even further in the new year. Whatever your resolutions may be – our experts would love to lend a helping hand. Contact us today!