Mature businessman in office environment working at his desk on an old computer
All businesses have devices that are a bit older than others. Oftentimes, those computers are also the most valuable: they’re the server your business relies on and have old information that isn’t backed up. Here are two answers to the age-old question of “Should I turn off my computer at night?” that help your technology last longer:

Powering your computers on and off can wear through the parts.

Your computer is never in more motion or producing more heat than when you’re turning it on. Unless your computers all have solid state drives, you want to minimize power cycles as much as possible. It also means you can’t access the data an old, essential computer has. But hibernating your computers creates similar problems: it winds down your computer in the same mechanical way turning it off does. It also means you’ll have a harder time accessing the information it holds.

Instead, put your older, regularly used computers in sleep mode and keep it safe with a surge protector. The lower power status reduces your electricity bill but still lets employees tap into its data. A surge protector is also a good investment so the computer isn’t damaged during a storm. Improper shut-offs and restarts are the most wearing of all.

Shut your computers off during the weekends or controlled intervals.

All computers need to turn off eventually. That allows your network administrators to update key programs. It also improves computer performance. Many operating systems also require occasional restarts to install patches and implementing regular shut-off schedules stops forced restarts that strike at the worst possible time.

Is it time for a computer upgrade? Maybe not.

People upgrade their smartphones every year, and they do the same with their personal computers and tablets nearly as often. Business technology is usually on a different schedule. A rapidly expanding business can just get increases instead of upgrades and redistribute the computers according to their tasks. But if your company isn’t taking on enough new employees to buy a new set of computers, some people might start wanting upgraded replacements. There are a few things you can do first.

See what the computer is really doing.

A lot of different things can make computers seem slow. Sometimes it’s comparison value: people used to fast personal computers will notice a slowdown. If the business technology really is doing its best and that is not good enough, then it might really be time for a switch. Since a lot of businesses use SaaS on top of traditional applications, there is a lot of activity and that needs a more powerful machine.

But sometimes the machine is getting bogged down for no good reason. Whether it’s people downloading programs and extensions or filing up the storage with big PDFs and multiple copies of oversized Excel reports, sometimes the machines just needed to be cleaned of historical rubbish. If you shift relevant files to the cloud or the company’s dedicated server, the computer will be faster. If you get rid of the unnecessary applications and old programs, it can go even faster.

You should also ensure everyone is using the right tools for the job. Salesforce and other SaaS have preferred browsers. It’s also easier on the system to use a browser that can handle multiple tabs. If the budget’s too tight for new upgrades or you don’t think a computer has passed its peak, a few tips can keep everything in working order.

But if your old computer is truly ready to retire, IT Networks Australia Pty Ltd. can help. Look through our recommended devices here for the right computer to keep your business growing.

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