It doesn’t matter where your server sits, you still need to look after it!
There are still dealers who choose to operate their own DMS server within their dealership over moving to the Cloud, but it doesn’t matter where your server sits, you still need to look after it!
This should be a carefully planned and managed activity which meets your business and legal requirements; we suggest having a backup schedule in place.
You should also check:
Ideally your server should be located in a purpose built location providing all of the necessary facilities and services it requires to reduce the likelihood of unplanned downtime. There are things everyone should have in place when it comes to protecting their servers:
We know you need to carefully consider when to replace hardware components, however to limit the risk of unavailability and operational reliability it’s recommended you replace server hardware every 3-5 years.
In order to minimise the disruption to users and the business, downtime needs to be planned out and scheduled carefully.
New hardware should be reviewed to ensure it provides the capacity for the present and future requirements of the business and software application.
Regular reviews of logs should be carried out to identify problems occurring with hardware components and failed system processes. Logs can also identify when additional resource (Memory, CPU & Disk) should be added to the system.
It doesn’t happen very often, but disasters can and do hit businesses every now and then.
Your business should understand how it can continue business as usual when facing a disaster.
We recommend having a documented plan in place so your business can react to a disaster quickly and efficiently, servers can often take several weeks to replace, and this risk must be considered and understood so it can be protected against.