Summer is a time for sun, sand, and... IT nightmares? While many of us look forward to warmer days, businesses face unique IT challenges during this season. From overheating hardware to cybersecurity threats, summer can disrupt your business operations if you're not prepared. Let's explore these issues and solutions GroupOne IT uses to proactively protect our partners every summer.

1) Keeping Your Servers Cool During Summer Heatwaves

Summer heat waves can wreak havoc on your IT infrastructure, particularly your on-premise servers. High temperatures can cause servers to overheat, leading to shutdowns, data loss, and permanent damage. This is a major concern for small businesses that rely on their servers for daily operations. Therefore, keeping your servers cool should be a top priority.

Solutions to Beat The Heat

Firstly, ensure your server room is well-ventilated and equipped with efficient cooling systems. Investing in air conditioning units specifically designed for server rooms can make a significant difference. Secondly, consider installing temperature monitoring devices. These devices can alert you when the room's temperature exceeds safe levels, allowing you to take immediate action. Lastly, schedule regular maintenance checks to ensure your cooling systems are functioning optimally. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way in preventing costly downtime.

Don’t want to worry about overheating servers and costly downtime? We can help you migrate everything to the Cloud. Learn more about the benefits and our flat rate pricing here.

2) Power Outages And Summer Storms

Summer storms are often accompanied by lightning, heavy rain or fires, which can lead to power outages. Power interruptions can disrupt your business operations and cause data loss. For IT managers and small business owners, it's crucial to have a plan in place to deal with these unexpected outages.

Solutions to Stay Powered Up

One effective solution is to invest in Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for your critical systems. UPS devices provide temporary power during an outage, allowing you to save your work and shut down systems properly. Additionally, consider implementing a robust backup system. Regularly back up your data to an offsite location or cloud service to ensure you can quickly recover from any data loss. Finally, having a generator as a backup power source can keep your essential systems running until normal power is restored.

3) Summer Travel & Security Risks

Summer is a popular time for vacations, which means more employees working remotely. While remote work offers flexibility, it also introduces new security risks. Employees accessing company data from unsecured networks can expose your business to cyber threats.

Solutions for Secure Remote Work

To mitigate these risks, implement a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) for remote access. A SASE solution is zero-trust first, providing access to only the data and systems your end-user needs. Access to this data is encrypted with faster, more modern VPN protocols. Additionally, enforce strong password policies and two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security. Educate your employees on the importance of using secure networks and the risks of public Wi-Fi. By pulling that laptop out at the beach you could be exposing yourself, and your business, to more than just a sunburn. Finally, regularly update your cybersecurity protocols and conduct security audits to identify and address potential vulnerabilities. This is a good time to remind all employees about the security and awareness training you’ve provided. It only takes one click for hackers to enter your system and create havoc.

Want to know if your business is properly protected? We’re happy to schedule a complimentary cybersecurity assessment to make sure you are. Learn more about our cybersecurity services here.

4) Summer Staffing Surges

Summer often brings a surge in staffing needs, especially for businesses in seasonal industries like Agriculture and Construction. While this is great for meeting increased demand, it can strain your IT resources. Onboarding new employees quickly and efficiently becomes a critical task for IT managers.

Solutions for Stable Staffing

Firstly, streamline your onboarding process by using automated tools to set up new user accounts, email addresses, and access permissions. Automation can significantly reduce the time required to get new hires up and running. Secondly, ensure your IT support team is prepared for the influx of new employees. This might involve temporary staffing or reallocating resources to provide adequate support. Lastly, provide comprehensive training to new staff on the use of IT systems and cybersecurity best practices. Well-informed employees are less likely to make errors that could compromise security.


Summer presents unique challenges for IT infrastructure, but with the right preparations, you can ensure smooth operations throughout the season. From keeping your servers cool to managing power outages, staffing surges, and increased security risks, proactive measures can save you from costly disruptions. By following the solutions outlined here, you'll be well-equipped to tackle these challenges head-on. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in maintaining efficient and secure operations during the summer months.

We specialize in providing Managed IT Services that help businesses stay ahead of these challenges. Whether in a full capacity, or a co-managed relationship, we provide IT Support, Cloud Services, Cyber Security, Voice (VoIP), Consulting, Microsoft Dynamics Services and more. Simply put, we keep your systems up, your data secure and your business thriving so you can go on vacation this summer and truly relax!

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