The world is changing. More so in the last 12 months than ever before and with it, a fresh approach to IT. Couple that with natural growth and it can be a daunting task to keep up with it all. At Teledata we have some ideas.
Plan, be instinctive not reactive
One of the main challenges faced by SMEs when it comes to hosting, is sudden rapid expansion. They’ll suddenly have something happen and it’ll be too late, such as a server down issue or their website is slow and unresponsive due to increased load. Mapping out when and where this might happen can be difficult – but is necessary to avoid issues. If there’s the possibility that something could cause any issues then it’s your responsibility to have a roadmap or a mitigation schedule to prevent it. The recommendation is to spec for 30% over what you expect to be normal. We believe this should be at least 50% especially considering the recent changes to the way people are working.
With cloud hosting now being more widely utilised by SMEs, it’s vital that everything works, and then some. The businesses with scalable cloud hosting solutions in place will have breezed through the recent increase in home based working, because their cloud provider will have just increased their offering. Those who were reliant on on-site hardware or used colocation may have struggled because of the immediate response required and the physical nature of the hardware. Suddenly moving from 2/3 people working from home to 20+ will have repercussions. It’s best to have plenty of space to grow rather than be limited.
Work with a provider who cares about you
All too often we hear stories of businesses who just don’t feel loved enough. At Teledata we work closely with our clients to ensure that their needs are met and that there’s a continual drive for improved performance. If the right provider is working with you as you approach your maximum capacities, they’ll offer you viable alternatives to your setups. In some cases though, this doesn’t happen. These levels aren’t monitored and it’s just expected that you’ve got a handle on things and they’ll spend more time catering to their bigger clients or looking for new sales.
So choosing the right provider for colocation or cloud hosting is very important. The right provider for you will work with you, instead of for you and will always look to help you improve your businesses offering, whatever that may be, and understand your unique challenges. No two businesses are the same.
Periodic research, assess the landscape
With so many advancements in technology, stretching your hosting to its very limits isn’t something a business should ever seek to do. If you’ve got your finger on the pulse, then you’ll know what technology could result in long term savings for your business. Whether that’s a new server CPU that effectively drops the reliance on older hardware or a newer rack setup that takes advantage of new load bearing technology – it’s worth considering all the time.
So to summarise, planning, understanding and choosing the right provider are all essential for SME growth in IT. To speak to use about your colocation requirements or cloud hosting – get in touch.