Well Engineered Networks Are Essential In The Digital Age

Not only do you need a solid network of individuals and teams to help you succeed, you need the data network to get you to them.

INTERNET

Having robust, high speed internet, that stays up and gets you to your customers, partners, and colleagues fast and consistently, is probably the most important component of our connected world. See how we can help you ensure your internet is fast and reliable.

SECURITY

The vital resources you are accessing from, and that are being accessed on, your network will only be there if they are secured properly. Security is often the most neglected aspect of a network, which is why it is one of our key focus areas for business of all sizes.

PERFORMANCE AND AVAILABILITY

Your users expect an always on, fast network when working hard for your organization. The design of your network is as essential as the components in it. We can ensure that your network architecture matches your needs by engineering it for performance and reliability.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR NETWORK...

HIGH SPEED INTERNET

There a few key elements to consider when choosing your high speed internet service. First, bandwidth (the amount of data at one time) is your capacity. This is how much data can fit through the pipe at any given time. Next is speed, also known as latency. This is the time it takes for data to go to and from your network and is measure in milliseconds. The higher the latency, the "slower" the connection. Finally, always have a backup plan, even for your internet. A cellular backup is always a great option!

REDUNDANCY

Reliability comes from two areas. The quality of the components and redundancy. Try to build as much redundancy into your network as is reasonably cost effective and within your knowledge and capability. This should include redundant internet connections, redundant switching, redundant routing, and redundant power.  At some point there will be a single point of failure for an end user, but the more you can make your core network redundant, the more reliable it will be.

CAPACITY

There are a few things to consider when deciding on the type of equipment you implement in your environment. The feature set the equipment is capable of, which consists of software and hardware, and the overall capacity those components can handle at any given time. This includes the overall capacity and the per port capacity.  We highly recommend starting to add at a minimum 10 Gigabit switching, firewalls, and routers. Now is a good time to build your core network with that capacity.

DDOS MITIGATION

DDoS attacks threaten the availability of modern business infrastructure every day. The frequency and impact of attacks is on the rise, part of keeping your network online is making sure it's handling traffic meant to disrupt your network. It is one thing to have high capacity, but if that capacity is flooded with attacks from bots and malicious actors looking to disrupt your operations, your organization cannot function. We offer industry leading DDOS solutions including on premise, hosted, and cloud based options.

EDGE SECURITY

Your security approach has to be multi-layered. In addition to DDOS protection your perimeter needs to be able to handle intrusion attempts by securing the application traffic moving to and from your network. That means the equipment you use in your environment needs to be capable of addressing multiple types of threats and do it at the speed you require and costs that are reasonable. Intrusion Detection, Application Inspection, and Packet Inspection are absolutely essential layers in your Edge Security Posture.

ENDPOINT SECURITY

Your users' are mobile, going to and from your network and connecting to all manner of public networks. They are constantly at risk. It only takes one user to bring back a threat to your environment. It is absolutely essential that your end-user machines are protected at home and out in the world.  Having a solution that provides real-time, always-on protection from multiple threats to your end user systems is essential to ensuring your network's integrity. You also need a solution that works on more than just Windows.

WHAT TYPE OF NETWORK DO YOU HAVE?

Networks come in all shapes, sizes, and complexities. The key to a good network is ensuring that you are secure. No matter how small or complex, the network is the essential component in your ability to reach the world.

We put together a few examples of network architectures you may run across. While this is not an exhaustive list of the possibilities, each of these designs represent the most common scenarios we run across. Depending on the scale and complexity of your environment, the implementation of a good security posture may look different.

Non-Redundant: By far the most common environment in small businesses. This can make for challenging days when a piece of equipment fails or the internet goes down.

Redundant Internet Service Provider: Certainly much better than our non-redundant environments and offers protection against an outage with a provider.

Basic ISP and Hardware Redundancy: This is another common configuration and does offer an additional layer of protection in case of both a hardware and internet outage happening.

High Redundancy: This is very similar to the previous architecture, however, it's taken a step further and provides fault tolerance at each level. This is a configuration difference that adds a very high level of redundancy by protecting you from multiple types of outages at the same time.

LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR NETWORK CHALLENGES

Whether it's just to look over your environment as a second pair of eyes, or a full network upgrade,
we have the experts to ensure your network is secure and high performing.

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