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You’re working hard on a project.  Your PC is the Mustang of your work.  You’re accelerating at the force of your brain power. Wind in your hair. Radio blasting your jam.  Then boom. You hit a speed bump and everything goes flying. Your Mustang has blown a tire. The speed of your computer slows down to a startling stop. The page you want won’t load. The Word document won’t save.  And there it is: the spinning wheel of death.

You could stop and restart your computer. The reboot could work. Or it may work temporarily, giving you the ability to complete your project. You’ve put a donut on the PC. It will get you where you need to go, but it’s only a temporary fix. There is likely a problem at the core.

While your issues may not be exactly like that of a motor vehicle, it make seem close. Like a car, it’s likely that over time your PC will slow down or not perform as well as when you first took it out of the box. Many users think this means it is time for a new computer or more advanced technology. A good trip to the dealership – er –  a local retailer, and all will be well again. However, it’s likely that hefty purchase can be avoided through hardware optimization.  

Optimization is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an act, process, or methodology of making something as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible.”

Simply put, hardware optimization does just that. Its main component is to keep your technology running smoothly and effectively.

In hardware optimization, a user or third-party vendor is working to optimize performance through the system hardware. Hardware is an arbitrary word for anything technical that is tangible (a real thing you can touch and feel). Examples of information technology hardware includes computers, input/output, RAM, ethernet cords, router, motherboard, the list goes on.  And the outside is just as important as the inside.

Like a vehicle, taking care of our external parts helps to care for our internal parts.

Hardware optimization isn’t just a break/fix solution. Hardware optimization is a long-term, ongoing task of optimizing your hardware’s performance. By optimizing the technological tools already owned to save money, time and productivity, hardware optimization also works to make the system more secure. A user may choose to optimize the hardware themselves or you may use a Managed IT Service Provider (MSP) perform the hardware optimization for you.  Kind of like going to a mechanic to get your tire changed or DIYing it in your garage.

In hardware optimization, the user or MSP takes a continuous look at the hardware to ensure it is working correctly while seeking solutions to optimize its functionality. This is done through opting services out for software (physical RAM memory to the Cloud), stacking different components together (switching out hardware for new), identifying areas that may leave your hardware at risk (security), or improving energy efficiency (network optimization).

Upgrades are not entirely avoided in hardware optimization. In fact, upgrades are required when a piece of hardware has failed, been compromised, or simply aged. However, with hardware optimization, this is only done when it makes the most sense to the user or business.

Hardware optimization works to make the information technology hardware you utilize daily nearly perfect. Perfect in its functionality, security and ultimately, the hardware’s performance. And in a world that leans heavily on technology, that’s exactly the optimization we all need.