Three hidden costs of Aging Networks

Network refresh. . .I’ll give you a moment to stop cringing.   Better? OK!

It’s something that most business leaders don’t want to think about, but needs to be considered when your network reaches right around the three year mark. A network refresh is an investment, there’s no doubt about that, but the cost of doing nothing and continuing to work with an aging network infrastructure most likely has greater costs that you may not even realize.
Network components can begin to deteriorate after 3 years. That means they may run slower and require more maintenance than new equipment. Add to that the demands on today’s networks are much higher than ever ...  think about how much more work your organization does using computer technology than you did just a few years ago!  Usage will only continue to grow and that you’re asking equipment designed from a previous age to deliver on these increased demands.
Let’s take a look at some of the underlying costs associated with an aging network:
  • Performance
If your network continually goes down, runs slowly, or requires significant maintenance, your team is losing work time. This costs real money and that's not just the cost of repairing and maintaining a failed system.  In addition, there is decreased staff productivity and results. Take a moment to calculate the money lost on just employee salary for an hour of down time…
Average Employee Hourly Rate x Number of Employees = Employee Salary lost per hour
Say your average employee hourly rate is $20 and you have 10 employees – that’s $200 for just one hour of downtime! And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. What about customer satisfaction when your business comes to a halt, without access to critical data? If a network crashes, it will usually be down for at least a few hours before a technician can be onsite to remediate any problems.

  • Operations
Aging networks are far more inefficient than up-to-date technology and also have much higher power consumption rates.  For instance the new HP ProLiant Gen8 Servers boast a 6x performance increase for demanding workloads than equipment just one generation ago.  And it does it  using less electricity.  
  • Service
Ongoing network problems are another common issue. With these issues comes more service calls to repair minor or major issues. We provide a lot of service to our clients and thank you for your business.  However, at some point, we know it's not a good use of your hard earned dollars.  Additionally at an extreme. the newest version of your busiensses application software may no longer supported by your old hardware specs.  If it's installed, it may cause unplanned error conditions and a lot of disruptive downtime. 
Nobody really wants the extra expense of unscheduled maintenance or repairs to their network – the cost for these on-site trips or even remote service can add up quickly!  We'd much rather work with our clients on how best to leverage your technology to make your business more efficient.  
How do you fix the problem?
Business technology has matured to a point where a properly configured network should run stably with little or no unscheduled maintenance.  Our goal for each of our clients is to have systems that don't fail. If you find yourself consistently having issues or needing unscheduled service calls, it may be time to consider a partial or full Network Refresh. Your network and your IT infrastructure is like a car: at some point it gets enough miles on it that the cumulative costs to fix it after each breakdown exceed the cost of a new car.
Do you need a network refresh?  We can help you answer that question by assessing your network in detail. To learn more about or to schedule an assessment, contact us! We’ll be more than happy to help you get started!

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