Investing in the right network technologies and services will have a direct result in helping to make your business faster, more efficient, increase reliability and security and become more competitive.
IT Companies who specialize in Network Design and Network Installation services understand how IT infrastructure and technologies can help you overcome problems, meet new challenges and grow your business. They will work with your business to understand your needs and advise on the best network design and solutions to meet them.
Networking Covers Many Areas
Network Design and installation services cover a wide range of specialty areas and skills so it’s important to research and discuss your needs with a few network design and network installation companies until you find one that meets your specific needs.
- Are you moving from individual computers to your first network server?
- Or are you looking at upgrading or migrating across to newer operating system
- Or maybe you’re looking at consolidating your existing ageing servers.
- If you’re running Server Applications such as Exchange Server or SQL Server then you need specialists who are experienced in these server applications.
Network Installation Success
There are two key parts to a successful network installation that will support your growing business. Firstly, selecting the right network equipment, secondly, that it’s correctly installed and configured so it’s secure, reliable and integrated with your existing business systems.
Some of the key items you will need to discuss with your network installation company will include;
Network Design- if you’re a single location business then you will only require a Local Area Network or LAN Network Design. If you have multiple locations that all need to be connected to the central LAN that you will need a network installation company who specialized in Wide Area Networks or WAN. Will you be running single server or multiple dedicated servers? There are several key factors here that you will need to discuss in detail with your network installation company before moving forward.
Server Operating System– which server operating system to go with is one of the first questions you will need to answer. Microsoft Windows Server and Small Business Server are the most popular for small to medium sized businesses. Ask your network installation company to explain the benefits and costs of each.
Server Hardware and Configuration- it is important to select the right hardware to support your business needs now and to support future growth. Whether you go brand name or white-box some of the key components include;
- Memory or Ram- directly effects speed of performance
- Hard Drives- how many? Storage capacity, SCSI or IDE
- Redundancy- provides a layer of protection against hardware failure
- CPU- directly effect the processing speed
- Warranty- 3yr onsite is always the best option
- Upgradeability- saves a lot of headaches and cost down the track
Redundancy- I want to explain this a little further as it is extremely important that you build in levels of redundancy into your servers. It can save you considerable pain and cost in the event of a disaster. Basically redundancy is a failsafe, for example you configure your hard drives so if one fails the other(s) continue to server your information. You don’t loose any data or suffer any downtime. This is called ‘mirror’ or ‘raid’ and there are different levels to meet different needs. You can also look at fall-over power supplies or network cards again no downtime.
Network Integration- this is central to a successful network installation, there is a big difference between installing a server and integrating it into your existing business systems. Such as user connectivity, email distribution, shared internet, access restrictions, security settings and testing, backup system, the list could go on. Make sure your network support company addresses this area clearly for you.
Ongoing Support and Maintenance- once your network installation is completed you need to start investing in ongoing support. Regular network maintenance is required to apply operating system and security updates, check user logs for errors, check tape backups, resolve user connectivity issues, perform security checks. As well as identify and planning for any upgrades to avoid possible problems and ensure high performance.