It might not be absolutely necessary that servers are managed remotely but setting them up to do can make the lives of your IT team, and your business in general, much easier. Server problems can affect any aspect of your business that relies on computer technology, so being able to tend to those problems quickly and easily when necessary can be the difference between day-to-day productivity and disruptive downtime. As an argument for the question of, “Why do servers need to be managed remotely?” we’ve put together this article.
Even if your company isn’t composed of multiple offices in different locations, being able to take care of a server problem from anywhere will greatly reduce the probability of downtime. When the key members of your IT department or your managed service provider are able to access your systems no matter where they are, your ability to do business becomes less dependent on time zones, business hours, travel interruptions or holiday schedules. Problems can be fixed as they happen. They won’t require waiting until after the weekend or for someone to drive across town through rush hour traffic. As long as there’s a connection, remotely managed servers can be accessed from anywhere. At the very least, the problem can be identified and mitigated until physical access is able to occur.
Many small, routine tasks can be taken care of online with remote workers or automated systems. Things such as upgrades, patches, backups and other routine issues can often be put off or ignored by workers when larger problems require attention. Automated remote server monitoring or specialized remote workers can minimize the possibility of small issues becoming larger problems. They will reduce the need for your IT department or managed service provider to worry about the little things and allow them to concentrate on the big things.
Remote server management can let you know ahead of time when upgrades might be necessary. Servers and other hardware eventually reach the point where they need to be replaced, but this point might not be detected without specifically being monitored. Failing to identify this can lead to catastrophic problems. Remote server monitoring can give your IT department or managed service provider insight into the health of your systems and allow them to more easily predict the need for upgrades or replacements. If you’re not on location you might not be able to hear that your server is making funny noises but being able to monitor it remotely can let you know that something isn’t functioning as it should.
By using remote servers, you reduce the costs associated with housing and powering them. This is especially true for companies who require massive computing power or banks of servers. Outsourcing to multiple data center locations allows the business to grow without the need for the ownership of hardware and warehouse space. Similarly, for large companies with multiple sites, being able to tend to every site remotely is much more efficient than putting an IT expert on an airplane or expecting them to drive across town every time there’s a problem. Remote server management improves efficiency which, in turn, reduces costs.
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