When you are setting up or upgrading existing IT operations in small business, there are many new technologies and considerations to factor in.
Here is your ultimate checklist to ensure all your IT needs are met and that your data and business operations are secure and available to access by all staff members.
- Apply virtualisation to get the most out of your hardware
If you are running a physical server in your small business, virtualisation can deliver enormous efficiencies to your operations. This process partitions your server into a number of small, virtual servers using software. This will get the most out of your current architecture, reducing the need for expensive upgrades while also delivering reduced heating and cooling costs.
- Explore hyperconvergence to streamline operations
Everything in the modern world is getting more compact, and that includes IT architecture. Hyperconverged infrastructure is effectively an all-in-one appliance that combines server, storage, virtualisation and cloud backup. This reduces space, cost and maintenance needs, making it a great option for small businesses and their IT needs.
- Disaster recovery and business continuity
Is your business ready to bounce back in the advent of a natural disaster? A storm, fire, flood or any other range of instances can knock out business IT operations which means downtime and loss of revenue. There are a number of backup and disaster recovery options available, physically and in the cloud. Ensure you are prepared for the worst so that you can recover quickly.
- Security in your data storage and networking
Security is critical in the modern world. Hackers will seize the opportunity to infiltrate unsecured networks and hold small businesses to ransom. There have been many cases of this in recent times, including the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017 which impacted over 200,000 users. Whether your network is private or public, it needs to be secured.
- Move your operations into the cloud
Many small business owners ask the questions: ‘what is cloud computing’ and ‘would it benefit my enterprise?’
Ultimately, cloud computing removes the need for bulky servers and storage solutions by basing all your operations in remote servers which you access through the internet or ‘the cloud’. It enables you to be flexible with your storage and bandwidth, meaning you only pay for what you use. Back-up, monitoring, disaster recovery and updates are usually all taken care of for you as well.
- Ensure the devices your workers use are connected to your systems
These devices are essentially any screen SMB workers are using to interact with their data and applications. These can include desktop and workstations, tablets and notebooks, as well as mobile devices like smartphones. Using remote application servers — a virtual application and desktop delivery solution — employees can connect their end-user devices to your business networks and programs remotely, offering far greater flexibility.