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07 Oct2019

Signs Your IT Infrastructure Needs Maintenance

Signs Your IT Infrastructure Needs Maintenance

IT infrastructure is not immortal. For large scale enterprise usage, chances are, at one point or another, your servers, computers or any other IT equipment might begin performing below par which may require you to do what is necessary to get the equipment back up again through maintenance. One thing you have to look out for especially when it comes to IT infrastructure and equipment is that your infrastructure can perform fine even though it might be on the verge of failure.

Most IT managers who’ve held to deal with sudden infrastructure failure are often surprised by how sudden everything occurs. At one minute, all the equipment will be running just fine and then fail without notice. If you don’t want to be taken by surprise when your IT infrastructure fails, here are the top four signs that show that your IT infrastructure might be due for maintenance.

1. Downtime

One of the most obvious signs that show that your infrastructure might be due for maintenance are increased downtime. If you notice that your servers are working harder with each increased workload, the first thing you have to do before you try tweaking anything is scheduling server maintenance. The company doing the maintenance will look into different things including recent upgrades and software installations as well as the server hardware itself and fix any issues should they arise.

2. Your systems are becoming slow

Besides downtime, one other sign that shows that your systems might be due for maintenance are decreased speeds. If you have a corporate intranet hosted on your company’s local servers and you notice that the intranet’s loading times are decreasing, the best option for you would be scheduling a server and infrastructure maintenance. Slow systems should be considered as a pointer showing the infrastructure limitation that might be causing them. Depending on the severity of the situation, you might be required to increase your infrastructure capacity or just do regular maintenance.

3. Your system was hacked

Hackers usually exploit loopholes in your system to gain access. The loopholes can be due to ill-configured software or faulty hardware. Remember, your IT Infrastructure consists of computer systems and to be efficient, hardware and software have to synchronize and relate. Faulty hardware might leave loopholes that can be exploited by hackers. If your servers or any other IT infrastructure was compromised through a hack, it’s a sign that maintenance might be due to find out how the hackers exploited the systems and patch any loopholes when found.

4. Server Operations

If you notice that your servers are becoming unrealistically hot, then it’s a sign that your server is not in good health and might fail on you at any moment. There are many situations that can lead to an unrealistically hot server which include but not limited to a faulty power supply, overloaded memory resources, clogged intakes, and broken fans. A maintenance will uncover these issues and get your server up again.

Your IT infrastructure is the backbone of your business; you need to constantly maintain it for your business to operate efficiently. Be on the lookout for these four signs.