Optimizing Your IT Network in a World of Rapid Technology Change

Optimizing Your IT Network in a World of Rapid Technology Change

Technological advances over the last decade have decreased costs as processing and storing data is now much cheaper; however, IT managers are now wrestling with a new problem that can affect your bottom line.

The rapid increase over the same time span of the amount of data available, collected and stored has dramatically increased, and it takes resources to manage it. In an effort to reduce demand on network bandwidth, businesses have begun to look at new ways to use network laser printers, as this draws heavily on server and network capacity.

In network printing that uses a LAN or a WAN, you need print servers. The servers sort and prioritize print jobs. WAN serves a larger area, usually from a central to a branch office and is slower and more expensive. For this reason, LANs are usually installed in branch offices but this requires additional costs for equipment and maintenance in each location.

Weighing these costs and benefits is a difficult task for an IT manager; ideally an office should not attempt to collect or store more data than it will use. Managers must carefully measure the total cost of ownership of all servers, including maintenance, hardware, software, cooling, power and tech support. Only then will it be clear whether a certain number of servers are actually cutting costs through work efficiency, or increasing costs through expanded infrastructure. 

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