Managing your own IT solution in-house can have a number of advantages over outsourcing to managed IT services. Keeping it in-house allows you complete control over costs; gives you the ability to upgrade your software and hardware at a moment’s notice; and lets you more closely monitor the levels of security being employed on all of your server rack enclosures and other hardware.
That said, the advantages of keeping your own computer racks and taking over your own IT needs are dependent on your IT staff. The best IT staff will catch problems before they happen and help to ensure your success in the Digital Age, but even the best can make some simple, yet costly, mistakes. Here are three of the biggest to be on the lookout for.
Three Mistakes Even the Pros Make When Working with Server Rack Cabinets
- Failing to Accurately Estimate the Costs of Server Rooms
- Keeping Everything in-House When Outsourcing Might Be Better
- Placing Too Much Focus on External Security Threats
As the popular technology website Tech Republic suggests, one of the biggest mistakes IT pros make is failing to accurately estimate the costs of server room hardware and software. Between server rack cabinets, air conditioning units, power supplies, and operating systems, there is a lot to keep track of. Even so, if you want to avoid a nasty surprise bill, make sure your IT team goes over the cost of each piece of tech they need to set up your clean room many times over.
Running your own IT department doesn’t necessarily mean you should be keeping everything in house. The security realities of 2014 mandate redundancy for the sake of data security which is why, at the very least, you need to consider outsourcing some of your server hosting. Similarly, as InformationWeek suggests, having an IT department doesn’t guarantee you have a great tech support team to go along with it. The secret here is being honest with yourself. Keep the things you do well in-house, but outsource the rest.
There is no doubting that hackers have become increasingly aggressive over the last few years. You only need to look at the fortunes of SONY, Target, and others to see that. Subsequently, it just makes sense to make external security a priority, so long as it’s not at the expense of your internal security.
Every year, thousands of disgruntled employees and corporate spies work from the inside of companies to steal data. According to a recent joint study from CERT and the Secret Service, a full 87% of those data breaches were committed using normal commands and permissions given to all employees to access server rack cabinets. You have to limit who has what permissions and what commands work for which employees to avoid these internal issues, just like you need to protect yourself from increasingly aggressive external entities.
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