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Colonoscopies And IT – More Similar Than You May Have Thought

By:Christine Fettinger

IT can be a lot like healthcare. In both cases, when you are proactive and focused on prevention, small symptoms that would have otherwise gone unnoticed are caught before they progress into full-blown problems.

Take colon cancer — the third leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women — and also a cancer that is extremely preventable and curable if detected early.

Colon cancer usually begins as a polyp, a nonspecific term that describes a growth on the inner surface of the colon. Some kinds of polyps do not carry a risk of developing into cancer, but others do and, if left alone, could develop into cancer.

Considering that colon cancer shows little to no symptoms early on, being proactive could mean the difference between life and death. Doctors can do preventative screenings like colonoscopies to check for those polyps, test whether they are pre-cancerous, and remove suspicious polyps before they ever have a chance of developing into cancer.

Now, you may be thinking, “So how exactly is this relevant to my IT?”

Like these screenings that doctors carry out, we can also screen the health of your network and servers with remote monitoring. By analyzing network device alerts, pre-failure indicators, and performance benchmarks, we can identify the issues that will develop into complications and address them before they affect your business. Proactive maintenance and monitoring dramatically cuts downtime and gets your business back up and running again quicker.

The flip side of prevention – for both colon cancer and IT – is also similar. Waiting until symptoms manifest, whether it be abdominal pain and bloody stool or a server going down, means a much longer, painful, and expensive process back to health.

For businesses, it is akin to going to the IT emergency room. It means lost productivity and costly downtime that can damage your reputation with current and future clients.

In both cases, the route of prevention may entail minor annoyances like getting regular and sometimes uncomfortable check-ups, but if those annoyances avoid health or business emergencies then the cost is well worth it. Being proactive about healthcare helps prevent or mitigate many more diseases than just colon cancer; just like proactive IT can prevent or mitigate a wide array of IT disasters.

End users and patients simply do not have the tools or knowledge to be able to catch the warning signs without the help of experts. Trust doctors to monitor your health and IT personnel to monitor your servers and network.

And if you are over 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, please consider some type of colon screening like a colonoscopy!

For more information about remote monitoring, get in touch with CyberStreams at (425) 2_74-1121 or