An IT Maintenance Lesson from Traffic Jams

efficiency400.jpgYour computer network infrastructure is a complex virtual web that keeps data flowing between your servers, routers, and PCs. Roadways are another complicated network that you use every day. There are several similarities between a highway system and a computer network infrastructure in regards to purpose and maintenance.

You can think a cars traveling down the road like data being exchanged in your computer network. If the roads are properly maintained and are designed to have the correct amount of lanes, then traffic will flow smoothly and commuters should not run into any problems. If your computer network is designed to handle the data needs of your business, and it is being properly maintained, then IT issues and downtime will be at a minimal.

Driving to work, you may travel on several different types of roads. The cul-de-sac in front of your home may have so little traffic that children can play on it. The highway that you speed to work on has multiple lanes of traffic and navigating can be a little tricky. The craziest parts of your drive are where highways overlap one another, but you make this drive every day so you can whiz through onramps and offramps like a Formula One racecar driver. The road in front of your office is a bit less hectic, busy enough to attract customers while being slow enough that you can pull on and off your street without any problems.

Like roadway infrastructures, network infrastructures are designed to smoothly handle the flow of data at peak times. Think of your home PC as the peaceful cul-de-sac in front of your house, all you need is one router to be able to hook up your PC and a few devices to the internet. The road in front of your office is similar to the network at your office; it is busy and there may even be certain times in the day when it feels a little bit too congested. Of course, this would make the internet like the system of overpasses layered on top of each other in highly populated areas.

Whenever a roadway is too small to handle the flow of traffic, commuters become backed up and traffic can come to a standstill. A traffic jam means that a lot of people and goods are late to arrive at their destination. These delays will actually slow down commerce and hurt businesses. Traffic jams are estimated to cost the US economy 101 billion dollars per year. If all the expenses associated with being stuck in traffic were added up, including the amount of gas that is wasted, traffic jams cost the average jam-proned commuter $713 per year due. It has also been estimated that in 2010, over 60 million Americans experienced more than 30 hours of delay just being stuck in traffic.

The parallel here to your business is pretty obvious, delays brought on by an insufficient network infrastructure will cost your company a lot of money in downtime. Every business is different, if you would like to know just how much that downtime is costing your company, here are three math formulas that will help you to determine the overall cost of downtime.

Productivity Loss Formula
P = (Number of users affected) x (% of Productivity loss) x (Average salary per hour) x (Duration of downtime)
Revenue Loss Formula
R = (Number of users affected) x (% of Revenue loss) x (Average profit per employee per hour) x (Duration)
Overall Loss Due to Downtime
P+R = $

Downtime is expensive. If downtime is costing you more money than you can tolerate to lose, then you will want to eliminate downtime by making adjustments to your IT infrastructure. This is no different than the department of transportation upgrading roads and adding lanes in order to alleviate traffic congestion. When the roads are clear and people are able to travel without hindrance, then schedules are met, fuel is saved, and road rage is no longer an issue. When every component in your IT infrastructure is working properly, the flow of data goes unhindered and you will see savings in your budget and less stress experienced in the workplace.

Consider COMPANYNAME like a road crew for your IT infrastructure. If downtime is an issue, then we can go in with orange cones and determine what parts of your network are causing bottlenecks with network traffic. Okay, not really with the orange cones, but we will be able to pinpoint problems and recommend solutions so that your IT infrastructure will be able to keep up with your company's growing data demands. In the same way that a growing city needs to add new roads, you may have simply outgrown your current network--which is a good problem to have because it means that your business is growing.

Roads and IT networks that can efficiently handle traffic require proper maintenance. Just like a street might require the occasional bucket of asphalt to patch a pothole, your network needs several maintenance tasks performed routinely. Thankfully, maintaining a computer is considerably less messy than working with hot asphalt; in fact, COMPANYNAME can perform many of your IT network maintenance tasks remotely. Remote monitoring allows us to detect the virtual potholes in your network, and perform a maintenance tasks like installing software patches.

Give COMPANYNAME a call today at PHONENUMBER to ask us more about how we can save you money, headaches, and stress by keeping your technology up and running!

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