Your network is the hub of your business. It keeps your company connected and gives your teams access to the information that they need. A well-run network can mean the difference between smooth business operations, and chaos. That’s why network management is essential for any company.
It’s easy to think of running your network as a necessary box to tick in managing your business. But the benefits of network management go beyond simple business operations. When effectively managed, your network security can see your company thriving. But how can you ensure that your network is being expertly managed?
You could hire someone in-house to focus all of their efforts on your network security, but great network specialists don’t come cheap. Plus, with new technologies constantly emerging and threats constantly changing, it can be difficult for one person to keep their knowledge-base, and your systems, up-to-date. Thankfully, you don’t have to keep your network management in-house – you could outsource it to a service provider like Solid Systems. Network Management is just one of the great IT solutions that we provide.
Here are just 8 benefits of network management that an outsourced provider can offer:
- Cost control
Using a provider like Solid Systems can help you manage the costs involved in network security. You won’t have to pay the earth to have an in-house specialist whose sole focus is your network. Instead, for a fixed monthly rate, you can have access to a full team of specialists. They’ll even be able to advise you on the best network technologies for your budget! That’s why cost control and savings are one of the most obvious advantages of network management by an external team.
- Reduced downtime
When you have a team constantly monitoring your network, the risk of downtime, and the problems associated with it, is greatly reduced. This is one of the great benefits of network management. But no network is completely invulnerable. When a problem does pop up, the time it takes to resolve it is greatly reduced as well. Where an in-house IT team or network specialist would often need to research the problem before effectively resolving it, a service provider will already have the experience necessary to fix the problem and have you back up and running before you know it.
- Increased Flexibility
Making changes to your network or its software can be risky. Anything could go wrong in the process, having huge impacts on your business operations. But, when you have a team behind you that is familiar with both your network, and network management in general, implementing changes is quick and easy. This gives your business the flexibility that it needs to operate in an ever-changing digital landscape.
- Increased efficiency
So many companies don’t want to outsource their network security because they already have an in-house IT team. They think that it has to be an either-or situation. In reality, one of the biggest benefits of network management services is that your in-house IT specialists will have the opportunity to focus on projects that will grow your business. Instead of spending their time on admin, or reacting to problems, your teams will be able to work more efficiently and come up with proactive solutions for your company.
- Improve Network Security
Threats to your network are constantly evolving. Keeping your network security up-to-date can be a full-time job, as we mentioned before. But one of the benefits of network management by an external provider is that your network security is not only maintained, but improved. Companies like Solid Systems are constantly keeping themselves aware of the latest threats, and how to stop them from infiltrating your network. You can rest assured that your network is safe and secure thanks to regular updates and security enhancements.
- Protect shared data
One of the biggest benefits of network management in general is that you can ensure that the right people have access to the right information, at the right time. But with each user that gets added to your network, you increase the risk of unauthorised parties gaining access to your information. When you work with a partner like Solid Systems, you’ll be able to quickly and easily manage who should have access to your shared data, and detect unauthorised access attempts before your information becomes compromised.
- Stabilise the network connection
Another one of the great benefits of network management is being able to control the traffic within your network and the resources that are being used. Too much traffic over your network will lead to poor performance, and affect your business operations. Because external providers are able to closely monitor your network’s performance, they’ll be able to make adjustments on the fly and see your network operating smoothly, and your teams getting the access that they need without experiencing any interruptions or delays.
- Prevents Business Disruption
Nothing causes more havoc in a business than an unexpected outage or disruption to its operations. This is exactly what can happen if your network is overused, or comes under attack. Thankfully, when you work with a provider to manage your network, they will be able to pick up on any risks or threats and resolve them before they have a chance to impact your business.
Now that you know what some of the benefits of network management services are, you may be asking yourself who would be best to manage your business’ network security. With 18 years of experience in helping businesses to keep their networks secure, Solid Systems is perfectly equipped, and more than happy to help. Get in touch today to learn more about the benefits of network management, and how our Managed IT services can have a positive impact on your business.