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3 Ways Redundancy Can Help Your Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_redundant400.jpgSomething that's redundant might be understood as something that's no longer needed, excessive, or unnecessary. While the word redundancy is used as a negative adjective for most of life's scenarios, when it comes to business technology, redundancy is an asset. Here are three ways redundancy can help.

Redundant Data Backup
Backing up the data on your company's network is a very redundant thing to do. A good backup plan will backup your company's data daily. The best data backup solutions, like our Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution, are even more redundant and will backup your company's data multiple times throughout the day.

Having your data backed up may feel like a redundant task, especially if your technology is working and you aren't experiencing any server downtime; but all it takes is one hard drive crash to put data backup into perspective. With a BDR, your data can be quickly recovered so you can continue working, even if your server is being repaired. Additionally, with our BDR solution, the task of redundantly performing backup is actually automated, which means that you won't feel the drag of doing another redundant task on a regular basis (like with tape backup).

Redundant Hardware Stockpiling
In the same way that a BDR solution will protect your software, if you stockpile a redundant amount of computer hardware components, you will be able to quickly replace a piece that's broken. This will allow you to get your infrastructure working again and prevent the expensive downtime that every business would like to avoid. Your gut reaction may be that having a personal Radio Shack will set you back a few pesos, but if you consider how expensive downtime is for your business, factoring in the loss of revenue and productivity that goes hand-in-hand with downtime will get you to come to the conclusion that storing an extra network switch here, and an extra workstation there, is worth the investment.

Of course, if you do experience a hardware malfunction, then you can rest assured knowing that the experienced professionals at Directive will repair your technology as quick as possible. For quick fixes, however, it's nice to have a big redundant pile of computer parts on hand to get you by.

Redundant Remote Maintenance
With Directive's managed IT services, we will remotely perform all the redundant routine maintenances that often get overlooked with people's busy schedule. Redundant maintenances like software updates, clearing temporary files, antivirus updates, and more, will keep your technology running smoothly so that you might not have to dig into your stockpile of technology collecting dust.

How redundant is your company's technology? The more redundancies you have in place, the better prepared your business will be when something goes wrong. Give Directive a call at 607.433.2200 to add more redundancy to your business!