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“What is the cost to your business of an unreliable network?”
“What is the cost associated with one minute of network down
Those Who Do Not Learn from History are Doomed to Repeat It
With each new wave of advancement in networking, companies may forget the
lessons of the past. From the early days of the telephone, through
automated switching, packet switching, gigabit optical fiber, and
wireless messaging, people seem to make the same mistakes over and over
again - lack of attention to cost of ownership, reliability, security and
Data networks have brought a whole new way of doing business to the world.
They permit the rapid transport of information, and a lot of it. More
importantly, they put that information into the hands of those who can use
it best. That’s why so many organizations are spending large sums of
money to implement faster and more reliable networks.
Even though this much effort and money is expended, many businesses find
their best efforts falling short of their goals.
What is the relationship between a well thought out network design and the
- Cost of Ownership
How important is your network to your business?
The Missing Ingredient:
“Real Life” experience designing mission critical business infrastructures.
As the rate of growth of data networking has accelerated, so has the
demand for people to implement it. This demand has far outweighed supply.
More often than not, the job of designing large-scale networks has fallen
to individuals who have minimal design experience. It is like asking a
bricklayer to design a building. You can be sure it will be built of
bricks. Whether or not the plumbing will work (if it has plumbing) is
another question entirely.
Closing the Gap with Network & Security Technologies’ Experts
A number of our dedicated professionals have received training in the
elements of network architecture and design. Vendor-sponsored
certifications include premium tiers that require these skills. A small,
but growing number are taking the time to achieve these levels.
Network architecture and design is not a once-every-three-year activity
for Network & Security Technologies experts. It is a competency that
Network & Security Technologies’ technical resources demonstrate
for many companies like yours. Network & Security Technologies
specializes in network architecture and design. These skills are not the
highest level of achievement for our consultants. They are merely the
starting point. To them we add:
- A focus on security that is unique in the market,
- A business requirements driven approach to the network, which results in an architecture and design that actually aligns to your specific business needs, and
- Years of experience dating back to the beginning of modern networking.
Network & Security Technologies’ consulting brain trust can help
clients not simply because they have been trained to help, but because
they have been helping organizations design and build their networks for
The Design Process
Network & Security Technologies experts will works closely with client
teams to achieve each of the following steps:
- Identify Requirements:
- The Network & Security Technologies design methodology begins with the
5 Ws (Who, What, Where, When and Why). Network & Security Technologies
will identify both the long-term and tactical requirements. We will seek
out the details, such as: How many users? How much data? How quickly? How
sensitive? The details enable Network & Security Technologies to
create an actionable design, not just a strategy.
- Establish a Baseline:
- Few organizations have the luxury of building networks from scratch. Network &
Security Technologies will determine the baseline from which the new design must grow.
If a recent network assessment has been done, Network & Security Technologies will
look to it for information about current problems and solutions. This kind of
understanding will enable a smooth transition to the new design.
- Establish Architecture:
- Every good design begins with a well-defined architectural philosophy. At the highest
level this may be “hub and spoke” backbone. The next level may include
specifications for the interconnection of the hubs and strategies for the spokes. Of
course, this is not the only philosophy or connection strategy. Network & Security
Technologies consultants will apply years of experience and training to identify the
optimal approach for our clients’ specific business requirements.
- Build Consensus:
- One of the most important and most overlooked steps in any design is the inclusion of
the client in the process. Just identifying requirements and imposing a design is not
enough. Network & Security Technologies will include your managers and engineers
by presenting the requirements and architecture for comment and approval. By taking
the time to checkpoint the process, Network & Security Technologies can guarantee
success and leverage the in-house expertise of our clients.
- Produce Design:
- This is the “grunt” work. Network & Security Technologies will document every detail for every facility at every city. A complete physical design
includes specifications of make and model for all active network components as well as
the cable infrastructure. Interfaces including port interconnection, specification of
the secure configuration of each device, address planning, routing, and packet
filtering are detailed in the design. In short, Network & Security Technologies
will produce a “blueprint” for the network in much the same way that an
architect produces a blueprint for a building.
Keeping the Commitment
Network & Security Technologies does not walk away when we deliver the design. The
same consultants who developed the strategy and action items want to see it built. If
requested, Network & Security Technologies will work with our clients throughout
the network build out to ensure that they will have the network that works best for
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