You just put in a new network, with a camera solution, connecting wirelessly, but you’re having issues on your client-side device. Chances are (like most end users), you have upgraded or added to everything except for the device you will be using to access all the fun toys you just installed. RAM, processor and OS versions matter a lot when doing IT upgrades. Having the proper setup can take a solution from “just okay” to “great!” These upgrades shouldn’t stop with client devices though: networking devices, servers, and even printers should all be examined if they fall under the scope of being utilized for the upgrades workflow. Keeping track of technology can be hard as it rapidly changes, but will it be a great benefit to stay up on when you need to upgrade.
Installing the most up-to-date services, software, and hardware on your network makes your life easier, but do not forget about the devices accessing all these new toys! When there is an aspect of a slowdown of the workflow or production on the network, it is referred to as bottlenecking. Try to maintain all active devices in their current form to avoid being left behind. In certain cases, however, it is acceptable to hold off on an upgrade when incompatibilities may occur. Examining all active devices with a new IT project is a necessity to ensure everything runs smoothly when the project is complete.
Failing to get the proper equipment will result in bottlenecks. With all of the new software and hardware being utilized on your network, you will be operating at less than ideal. This can happen, for example, if budget restrictions arise; however, to take full advantage of services, systems should be upgraded across the board. Examples of bottlenecking would be installing new cable to get 1000m, but your switch is only capable of running 10m. This will result in the same performance before the installation and the capabilities of the cable will be canceled out by the inadequacies of the switch.
Sometimes, upgrading isn’t necessarily the solution. You need to make sure the OS and hardware are compatible before switching or updating. If the software or hardware requires legacy specs it is worth holding off and waiting for the update to release a version compatible with your hardware. These legacy devices will often be hard to replace so they should be kept in secure locations and backups should be maintained when possible.
Upgrades are a great way of improving IT performance to drive efficiency and workflows. Existing equipment must be kept in mind when installing projects as leaving them behind could derail everything new being put in. Legacy devices still have a place, but must be kept on for a needs basis only – before, during, and after considering all devices affected by an IT project. Upgrades and updates to each network device will be the difference if you desire to get the most out of every project.