Get the Network Right
Posted at July 03, 2014 in IT
The network at your office is a lot like the plumbing: nobody notices it until it doesn’t work, and nobody wants to think about it anymore than they have to.
Unlike the plumbing, code enforcement at the network layer stops where the network enters your building. You’re free to do pretty much whatever you want from that point forwards. There are quite a few exotic travel destinations in this world well worth visiting with plumbing situations similar to this. Most of us visit these countries in spite of their infrastructure challenges.
Is your business’ network infrastructure challenged? Let’s look at a few of the ways Echo can help:
Right-sizing How big are the pipes? Monitoring the network for traffic flows over time is one way to tell. We’ve had enough experience to know what sort of usage is typical, and we’re familiar with enough service offerings to know what’s cost-effective.
Redundancy A backup internet connection might seem like a luxury until its true cost becomes apparent when your connection goes down. Particularly if your business depends on cloud-based services or provides services to the Internet. It’s worth noting that most businesses get redundancy wrong, and that your action plan and requirements are very different depending on whether you’re hosting services or accessing hosted services. Being able to reach the Internet might mean a second kind of connection, policy-based routing of traffic across multiple connections or both. Ensuring your customers can reach your services probably means providing multiple routes to your addresses and balancing the load between multiple servers.
Wireless is relatively simple until you realize it’s not: how many people have your Wi-Fi password because we can’t log in with credentials? Why is the network becoming slow and unreliable as our office grows, or is our neighbor the problem? What do we do about guest wireless? There are simple solutions to these problems once you realize a solution is needed.
Security You have two responsibilities to attend to when it comes to network security: defending against threats from the outside like distributed denial-of-service (“DDoS”) attacks and hacking attempts, and defending your reputation by monitoring the traffic that emanates from your company’s addresses and keeping guest traffic separate. We’re betting this isn’t as expensive as you think.
Policy isn’t just about policing your network, it’s also about prioritizing the traffic that needs priority and making routing decisions that ensure traffic takes the best route to its destination. We almost never see effective network policies in place when we arrive at a client’s site for the first time. Putting the right policies in place has saved our clients money, allowing them to replace expensive connections with less-expensive alternatives better suited to their needs for reliability, low-latency and speed.
ECHO absolutely loves to get the network right, and we’d love to get the network right at your place of business. Drop us a line if something could be better!