What Exactly Is Hardware Configuration?

Nowadays, managed service providers (MSPs) perform a wide range of services specifically tailored to the needs of each customer. Some of these services include network security and management, software-as-a-service, data backup, cloud management, server management and virtualization, and day-to-day IT support. In a nutshell, an MSP’s job is to keep you and your systems protected and up and running for as long as possible. Having an MSP catering to your IT needs means that you have a dedicated team of experts monitoring your network 24/7/365. However, one important service that’s often overlooked is an MSP’s ability to offer exceptional hardware configuration services. If you’re scratching your head thinking what exactly hardware configuration is… well, we got you covered! Read on to learn more. What is hardware configuration? Hardware configuration is the system resource settings assigned to a particular device. According to IBM, hardware configuration allows you to define I/O (input/output) configurations to both the software and hardware from a single, interactive surface. What this means is that computer specialists have the ability to improve hardware performance by tweaking certain configurations. Hardware devices have particular configuration settings that can impact your system’s overall functionality and performance. Device configurations include accessible memory, connected devices, disc drivers, modems/serial ports, as well as some power management features. What is the difference between hardware and software configuration? Computer hardware and software are two different components that make up a computer system. Software needs a hardware device to run on, and hardware without software is just a glorified paperweight. While one needs the other to function, hardware and software configuration have different functions and abilities. For instance, hardware deals with tangible parts that have a myriad of different functions while software mainly deals with hundreds of lines of code to implement a certain process. When hiring an MSP, it’s important to understand your software and hardware needs. Why? Because having a complete understanding of what you’re lacking is essential to getting the most out of your MSP’s services. Benefits of Hardware Configuration Before we explore the benefits of hardware configuration, it is important to understand that companies have unique needs and requirements. What may benefit you may not exactly benefit another company. With that in mind, let’s talk about the general benefits of hardware configuration:

  • Easier maintenance and management

  • Better organization especially for larger companies

  • Predictable costs

  • Increased reliability

  • Mitigate risk which could result in downtime


A little about the author. Applied Integration is a Managed IT Service Provider that works with companies to add to or supplement their IT Departments. Operating in Salt Lake City servicing companies in Utah and nationwide for over 20 years, they specialize in IT Solutions, computer support, IT Management and software support including Microsoft 365, Windows 10 and Spruce POS systems.

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