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What you need to know about serverless computing

Serverless computing: a tech term that has been around for a couple years but is just now starting to gain awareness. So can computing be serverless? Well, computers need servers; serverless computing is a cloud computing based model where providers manage cloud-based servers for businesses who are then able to build applications without having worry about infrastructure. Here are some reasons why more companies are beginning to take the serverless route.

Fully Managed Services

One of serverless computing greatest advantages is that companies would no longer need to worry about renting, owning, or buying servers. With a serverless architecture, companies are able to work on applications and code rather than spend time configuring and maintaining their servers. A cloud services provider will manage the backend to ensure setup, maintenance, infrastructure, and capacity.  Fully managed servers allow companies to focus on developing applications and innovation.

Serverless Computing is Scalable

A serverless architecture’s greatest feature is the ability to automatically scale up and down based on developer needs. Without the worry of filling up space, applications can take off with the ability to scale up and down depending on popularity. Since there is the separation of developers and infrastructure, a developer will never need to worry about not having enough space for their application to flourish.

Lower Operational Costs

One of the biggest serverless computing advantages is the lower than average operational costs. Not needing to account for server maintenance, repair, and updating with drastically reduce operational costs for technology infrastructure. Allowing organizations to allocate resources elsewhere.

As developers are continuing to code applications, it is expected that the serverless approach will become standard due to higher availability and lower costs.

To learn more about serverless computing and its benefits, please contact CompuOne.

The lifecycle of your computer

When owning and operating a vehicle, it is important to keep up on maintenance to keep the car moving at its optimal level. However, overtime the vehicle begins to face problems that aren’t necessarily driver created. The same goes for computers, scheduled maintenance will ensure computers will live up to their life expectancy and eventually they will need to be replaced due to out datedness or an unforeseen circumstance.

Conduct a computer lifecycle assessment in your workplace to streamline business productivity, create cost awareness, and make for an easy transition from computer to computer. Here is our definition of the computer lifecycle:

Planning

The average life expectancy for a laptop or desktop computer is three to five years. It is important for businesses to develop a plan based on computer life expectancy, so stakeholders aren’t facing any unnecessary downtime or cost. To prepare for the computer lifecycle it is crucial to take into account the requirements for each machine your company uses. Plan out a replacement by asking these questions:

  • Depending on job need, what CPU does the machine need to be?
  • What operating system fits your company best?
  • What is your budget?
  • How many machines do you need to replace?

Once you have an idea of what type of machine your employees need, it makes for easier budgeting, as your team will know the exact computer specification that your business needs.

Procurement

What is your business plan to obtain the machines? This is where your local IT service provider comes in. Let your provider know that you’re in the beginning stages of planning out your computer lifecycle process and that eventually you will need to swap out machines without loss of information.

An important part of procurement is that your vendor will appropriately track serial and model numbers of all machines, thus your business can follow proper procedure in replacing computers without the hassle of tracking it.

Backup & Deployment

So your business has gotten all new computers, while there is an excitement to power up and start working, it is also important to cover all your bases before getting started. Ensuring your local IT provider takes the necessary steps prior to deployment is key to an easy transition:

  • Back up data on retiring machine.
  • Implement company security standard on new machine.
  • Migrate all necessary data and applications from old machine to new.

After your IT team completes these three necessary steps, the transition from old to new will result in little to no downtime, and allow employees to start working right away.

Use & Monitor

The majority of your workplace computers lifespan is in this stage. Bringing it back to the car reference, this is where your IT team will need to actively assess and monitor devices. This is crucial in keeping the lifespan of machines long, and keeping business productivity at a maximum. Here are some tips to stay in this stage of the lifecycle as long as possible:

  • Address any issues early on.
  • Patch management, software updates, etc.
  • Handle with care.
  • A managed services provider can actively monitor machines to ensure uptime.

Retirement & Transition

Once employees at your workplace start detecting problems with the machine that involve hardware, or the machine is showing signs of end of life, it is time for the process to repeat. Ideally your team has already adjusted the technology budget to repeat the cycle.

Computers are unfortunately not built to last, therefore it is necessary to plan out the lifecycle of your business computers. Your business will be able to prevent unplanned computer costs, increase business productivity, and allow for an easy transition when planning with the lifecycle of a computer.

To learn more about managed services, contact us today.