Ever wondered what are the signs to look for that would indicate it’s time to upgrade your hardware? ROSE ITSL have put together the following 5 helpful signs to determine just that.
1. Slow computer and network performance.
Programs take forever to launch? Network crawling? Do you see the dreaded hourglass or spinning wheel? Hardware performance noticeably degrades as it nears capacity. Hard drives, RAM memory and network bandwidth can all grind to a trickle when resources are overutilized. In most cases, new or upgraded hardware will result in a remarkable improvement in overall performance.
2. Missing or corrupted data.
If data disappears from your server or workstation, this is usually an alarm bell that indicates a hard drive may be failing. Hard drives with bad sectors lose the ability to read and write from the damaged areas of the disk. These symptoms also are the first step towards total hard drive failure resulting in total data loss (and no one wants that).
3. Frequent network and connection drops.
Business technology has matured to the point where a properly configured network should run smoothly and stably with little to no unscheduled maintenance required. Having to worry about whether a defective old switch or cable is the cause of frequent network drops can cut sharply into productivity. Replacing older network equipment in an organization can pay immediate dividends in reduced downtime.
4. Noisy Equipment.
Most hardware control internal temperature through the use of cooling fans. Over time, collected dust and debris in hardware appliances will cause the fans to go into overdrive to maintain proper air flow. If your computer or laptop begins to sound more like a washing machine, it could be a sign that components are overheating which could precede shutdown or failure of your equipment.
5. Hardware no longer supported by the manufacturer.
All hardware has what’s called a “support cycle” that usually lasts several years. This is the window between when a company first offers the product to the public and when it ceases support (such as releasing new drivers, patches and firmware) for that product. Hackers uncover new vulnerabilities in existing hardware every day, and companies cannot afford to assess each threat to every single item in their product history indefinitely. Unsupported hardware represents a significant business risk.