Nine symptoms for diagnosing ailing IT

Nine symptoms for diagnosing ailing IT

Summary: From tired hardware, to expired support contracts and creaking networks, the tell-tale signs that suggest urgent treatment may sound all too familiar

TOPICS: Networking

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    We often have good reasons for ignoring the warning signs. Technological change can disrupt work, create overtime and cause unplanned bulges in the budget. But eventually, there'll be no choice but to upgrade. Before the inevitable is forced on you, it's best to take the symptoms seriously. Here are nine clear indications that your IT needs to change.

    1. Lost or forgotten passwords
    When equipment reaches a certain age, you never know if a factory reset will bring it back to life. So, you should take it very seriously when passwords for security equipment have been forgotten, but you daren't reset to factory defaults because you fear the hardware will no longer function. Of course, the lesson here is never to forget security information. But that issue aside, when passwords are lost, it could be a sign that it's time to start replacing your ancient hardware.

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    2. Expired support contracts
    Some companies depend on support contracts for the smooth running of the business. Others rely on them only for particular pieces of software or hardware — especially costly ones. And another group only uses them when absolutely necessary. Regardless of the camp your organisation falls into, expired support contracts are a good sign that your technology is out of date and in need of upgrading.

Topic: Networking

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