The Risks of Not Using Configuration Management

May 11, 2023 | News

Technology powers nearly every business and ensuring technology systems are fit for purpose is crucial to keeping organisations running smoothly and efficiently. Configuration of these systems keeps them consistent, secure, compliant, and most of all, functioning.

This includes everything from servers and networks to operating systems and data centres. There’s no denying that this is a big job, especially for businesses with many IT assets, but the risks of not configuring these systems are high.

What is configuration management?

Configuration management is the process of maintaining essential technology systems such as computer hardware and software. The process helps to prevent performance issues, system inconsistencies, or compliance issues that could cause system downtime, instability, and failures while enabling these systems to have a longer lifespan.

The Risks

The risks of not managing the configuration of technology systems can be disastrous for any business. It’s crucial that systems are managed carefully with tracking logs of changes made to ensure traceability, or organisations risk system outages, data leaks, and data breaches.

Other risks that many businesses will be all too familiar with are those presented by cyberattacks. Not only do these pose a danger to an organisation’s private internal information but also to that of their customers and ultimately, their compliance with GDPR regulations. Maintaining configuration management ensures this information is stored safely, securely, and legally.

Neglecting configuration management also makes a business more vulnerable to unplanned downtime, leading to additional costs, missed deadlines, and hours wasted trying to remedy errors. Time spent constantly fighting fires means less time spent on business growth and employee productivity.

The Benefits

The benefits of configuration management are even greater than the risks. The obvious advantages are the flip side of the mentioned risks; reduced risk of outages and security breaches thanks to visibility and tracking of the changes, better use of staff time, compliance with regulations, and lower cybersecurity risks.

Other benefits include cost reduction thanks to the detailed knowledge of the systems which helps to avoid duplication of assets, which can also enable quicker resolution of service. If an outage does occur, organisations will be able to quickly recover as configuration has been properly documented and automated.

Plus, greater agility and faster problem resolution enable organisations to improve customer experience by rapidly detecting configurations that could impact performance and quality of service. In the event of changes to management, having visibility of configuration management changes can help to avoid future system issues and service challenges.

Euro Options Configuration Management

At Euro Options, we know that no two customers are the same, and their hardware shouldn’t be either. That’s why we offer custom configuration on all hardware, saving you valuable time.

Our team of highly trained engineers will even install any necessary software at our state-of-the-art configuration centre, giving the solution a full test before shipping.

Plus, 94% of orders placed before 2pm are built, tested, and shipped the very same day.

All you need to do is tell us the end goal for your customers and the budget, and we’ll work with you to deliver a solution that’s ready to go.

To learn more about our configuration options or to speak to an advisor, visit our dedicated configuration page here.

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