What Is Network Optimization?
This means different things to different people. It may include updating core switching and routing to 1, 10, or 100 GB options to improve bandwidth shortages and maintain network resiliency. Or adding load balancing devices to improve performance of those critical applications that are now being centralized within the data center, across the enterprise, or in the cloud. WAN optimization techniques can improve efficiencies over expensive links, reduce latency, and improve the user experience at remote locations. Network management tools are also an option to deliver higher visibility and control across both the wired and wireless network.
Technology trends are coming at a rapid pace and challenging IT staff and other business decision makers in a dramatic way. Mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), cloud, virtualization, network security, software defined networking (SDN), and IPv6 are not easy technologies to assimilate into networks. We can help you with these undertakings with solutions, services, experience, and expertise. Our partnerships with industry leading networking providers can become a real advantage to your organization.
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
- Availability of on- and off-premise network managed services
Network Assessment services are available and can help you jump start your next network optimization project.
- Network Audit
- Cisco Unified Computing System Assessment
- Unified Communication Roadmap
- Data Network Roadmap
- IPv6 Assessment
- Wireless Site Survey
- QOS Assessment
has network training for your IT staff and users in many technological areas.
What Comprises A Network Optimization Solution?
Effective network solutions include the following elements:
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 help create a unified access approach to integrated wired and wireless networks. Key components should be hot swappable and redundant and include modular software management support and upgrade paths.
Using data de‑duplication 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 feature software to help load balance traffic, manipulate content, and may contain advanced routing capabilities and monitoring tools.
Application delivery solutions can reduce or eliminate the need for bandwidth upgrades. They 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 platforms enable services and applications to operate in a seamless manner across the network.
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
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