The network infrastructure is the backbone of your IT business system.
Repeating a phrase used many years ago, it makes up the interstates, roadways, bridges and overpasses of your “information super highway.”
It is tempting for small business owners to purchase and install consumer-based networking products they can pick up at the local big box store with the goal of “saving money.” Unfortunately, this approach typically ends up costing the business more money in the long run – in both tangible and intangible ways.
Your network infrastructure is comprised of the network hardware (routers, switches), the software layer that allows the hardware to properly function and the management system to maintain and operate your network.
Major manufacturers often have three distinct business lines – consumer (often under a different name), small business and enterprise. The consumer products are made for home users with a limited number of users and simple security requirements. The small business line is developed for a growing community of SMB organizations that require some the features and functions of a more complex enterprise environments at a lower cost. Best of all, these SMB solutions are easier to manage and operate.
A commercial grade network infrastructure will provide reliable, consistent network connectivity for your converged environment supporting data, voice and video applications. This can include wired and wireless devices. These systems provide the ability to segment traffic in order to protect your network from cyber-security hacks and more. For example, you can segment your guest user traffic from your production network or even segment finance or manufacturing operations from the rest of the network.
Furthermore, you may wish to implement redundant connections using SD-WAN or within your office environment for mission critical systems. And, these systems typically include better visibility and troubleshooting tools to help your IT staff (in house or outsourced) identify and remediate network issues. It can help eliminate the complaint that the “network is too slow.”
The right network infrastructure can also protect your business from cyber-security threats.
A risk-based security approach will ensure that you have multiple layers of security protecting all points on your network – internal and external. And you can prioritize protection of your most sensitive systems and data.
Finally, with the explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, your network has become even more critical to your business. Perhaps you have to track and manage critical systems such as manufacturing machines, HVAC systems, lighting and more. These systems can help you better manage your operations and proactively prevent unplanned outages.
We would be delighted to schedule a meeting to discuss your current IT network infrastructure and assist you in developing a strategic plan to create robust, reliable and scalable capabilities. In the long run, and commercial IT infrastructure will save you time and money.