A computer network is a group of computers connected together to share information. TAB has been designing and implementing business networks since 1983. Below are a few of the aspects we will touch on in support of your business needs.
Your IT Budget vs. Required Specifications: This is the the foundation of your network and its ability to provide your employees with an effective and reliable system for which they will perform their duties. TAB will research and confirm the technology requirements necessary to meet or exceed the standard set forth by your industry software. These items, in addition to what you already have, will give you a full picture of budget needed to get your network configured to the proper standards.
Server Room: TAB will assess the physical location of your server(s) and networking hardware to be sure it is physically secure and properly cooled. Dedicated electrical circuits prevent power issues from producing sags due to overloading the circuit. An overloaded circuit can be caused by large copiers, microwaves, workstations, and the like all being on the at the same time. Proper uninterruptible battery backup units (UPS) allow for clean power and safe automatic shutdown and power up of systems if commercial power is lost.
Bandwidth: Your connection to the Internet can make or break your network performance. Cloud or Hosted services depend on the availability of large expensive connections to the internet in order for you to get the same performance from a server located on premise. Automatic fail-over to a backup internet service provider (ISP) is also necessary when your applications are hosted on the cloud. If your primary internet provider has an outage, you will need this fail-over protection. On-premise systems have less need for these expenditures as the server is safely housed at your location. Being local means you have all the bandwidth you’ll need. A quality business or enterprise grade firewall is the dead-bolt between your business and the dangers of the Internet. It is an important factor that will be part of the network design process.
Security: TAB will recommend many Security Solutions to help reduce the risk of malicious attacks on your network and data. These recommendations include, proper password policy, remote access, firewall, penetration testing, web-filtration, email security and anti-virus tools. We will review all of these with you in order to properly protect your information systems.
Backup: Protecting your business data through a properly designed backup solution provides a safe-guard for your data. It also provides for a speedy recovery after a disaster situation. This a very important aspects of a quality Network Design. Gartner Group says that 43 percent of companies were immediately put out of business by a “major loss” of computer records, and another 51 percent permanently closed their doors within two years. No matter where your data is located, in the Cloud or On-Premise you need to protect it with a comprehensive Backup and Disaster Recovery solution.
Server Virtualization Technology is a great way to reduce costs. Virtual Servers run at up to 80 percent utilization versus non-virtualized servers which run between 5-15 percent. With this increased efficiency you can consolidate the number of physical servers needed to host virtual servers. This produces a direct reduction in capital costs as well as a reduction in power consumption and cooling of the server room.
Virtual servers can reduce your business downtime as they offer a more efficient means of backup and recovery. Virtual servers can be standardized and that makes them easily replicated, allowing TAB to deploy them faster. This can reduce costs and provide a competitive edge to your company as you are able to react to Market forces with technology solutions faster and more efficiently.
Beware of the MSP/IT provider looking to spin up unnecessary or redundant servers. They are looking to increase their monthly support fees to your business by looking to monitor, backup and support as many servers as they can. TAB is always looking for ways to reduce our clients IT costs and improve their ROI. We find new clients that in some cases had 2-3 times more virtual servers than were necessary to operate their business functions. We are able to consolidate these servers and greatly reduce our client’s monthly costs versus their old MSP/IT Provider..
TAB uses an industry standard WiFi planning tool that takes into account access points on multiple floors and has building, floor, and wall cloning capabilities. The planner also generates PDF reports showing AP locations, AP inventory, RF settings and heat maps. This allows you to see where WiFi coverage will be at your site.
Once the WiFi network is designed, we look at proper security measures to segment guests and employees away from the business network. We can also restrict personal cell phones and devices from gaining access to the business network. This eliminates the threat of malicious activity on your network.
Your network is only as good as the wiring and patch panel it’s connected with. Having a wiring professional properly run and terminate your Cat5e, Cat6 or Fiber Data cable can mean the difference between a solid reliable network and one with constant “gremlins”.
Our installers can provide the complete job from installation, termination, testing, documentation, and permitting all at a fair per drop cost. We can accommodate a single drop installation to large re-wiring projects.