If you run an office, school, lab or any other establishment that requires a sizable number of servers, computers and printers, you might be wondering about the best way to keep your equipment up and running.
The two main approaches are to sign a contract maintenance agreement with a provider who will routinely service your machinery or to simply call in a time and material provider for repairs as necessary. Below we’ll break down the pros and cons of contract maintenance agreements to give you a better idea of whether that system might work for you.
You and the Service Provider Are on the Same Page
One thing a contract does very well is lay everything out. That means costs and time frames for projects are usually very clear, and you’re not stuck with a bill you didn’t expect or waiting for weeks for a repair when you thought the turnaround time would be a few days.
Routine Computer Server Maintenance Helps Prevent Costly Damage or Surprises
When you work on tight schedules or provide services to a large number of people, unexpected breakdowns can end up being a real headache. A contract maintenance agreement can do a lot to help prevent these by addressing issues before they become major problems. Plus, regular maintenance of servers and other IT infrastructure can help keep you up and running all year roun because no one part ever wears out to the point that it can compromise the system.
You Form a Working Relationship
Of course, you can also form a working relationship with time and material providers, but they are less likely to come when you need them and more likely to go where the money is. That makes it harder to