What is Network Optimization?
Beside updating your core switching and routing to 10, 40 or 100 GB options consider optimizing your network to enhance access to critical applications. This has become a priority for organizations as they build redundancy into their internal networks and centralize applications within their data center. Critical applications running on multiple servers can improve performance by intelligently balancing traffic between the servers while maintaining resiliency within the network.
Application delivery solutions enable organizations to simplify management of applications at remote sites by hosting critical applications within their main data center and optimizing their wide area network (WAN) to reduce the latency of applications to their remote sites.
Redundancy, also known as resiliency, in a network provides a maximum level of network uptime. Redundant networks help to ensure high availability of critical applications to employees, partners and customers through an optimized network design.
How Will Network Optimization Solutions Benefit My Organization?
Employing network optimization solutions can help:
- Reduce application latency to remote end-users
- Create multiple pathways to ensure application availability
- Centralize the network environment
- Decrease operating and management costs
- Maximize bandwidth utilization
- Postpone the need to upgrade WAN bandwidth
- Improve disaster recovery position by speeding backup and data replication over the WAN
How Can I Help My Organization Embrace A Network Optimization Solution?
When implementing networking solutions, it is important to:
- Identify which applications are critical
- Prioritize applications requiring instant access
- Determine which applications experience excessive latency issues
- Investigate which applications are accessed multiple times throughout the day, causing duplicate traffic
What Comprises a Network Optimization Solution?
Effective network solutions include the following elements:
Network Health Check
Before mapping out a strategy, it’s critical to assess the types of traffic on your network, how it is being accessed and routed, and where bottlenecks appear. A comprehensive network assessment can be conducted with in‑house staff or through a third‑party provider.
Network components such as routers, switches, and wireless access points should include multiple points through which data can travel the network to users. Key components should be hot‑swappable and redundant, and include modular software management support and upgrade paths.
Using data deduplication algorithms, traffic prioritization and TCP protocols can deliver LAN‑like performance over the WAN. WAN accelerators also reduce chatty application traffic, reducing the latency of bandwidth‑intensive traffic.
Offload server processing of Web‑based applications from Web servers. ADC’s often include load balancing software as well as other features such as content manipulation, advanced routing capabilities, and system health monitoring.
Application delivery solutions can reduce or eliminate the need for bandwidth upgrades, and offer an opportunity to re‑evaluate your existing voice and data needs and telecommunications agreements for additional cost savings.
Overall network security is essential for smooth operations and to protect an organziation's assets.
Network Management patforms enable services and applications to operate in a seemless manner across the network.
Getting Started with Network Optimization
Account Manager and certified Solution Architects are ready to assist you with every phase of choosing and leveraging the right solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes:
- An initial discovery session to understand your goals, requirements, and budget
- An assessment review of your existing environment and definition of project requirements
- Detailed vendor evaluations, recommendations, future design and proof of concept
- Procurement, configuration, and deployment of the final solution
- Ongoing product lifecycle support
- Availabilty of on- and off-premise network managed services
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