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Design and Build Networks


A typical small office network includes one to two dozen or so computer users (and computers), a server or two, some networked printers and access to other networks, particularly the Internet. Our aim is to guide you through the process of designing and building the best network for your small business or an independent branch office, with the highest degree of functionality at the lowest reasonable cost.


While the small office network doesn't match the scale of its enterprise cousin, many of the same issues apply to both. The design of a small network must be simple, yet functional, secure and scalable. As the business grows, the network must easily expand with it. Even if the scale of the initial environment is small, avoid making technology decisions that might limit your company as it expands.


We follow a top-down, vendor-neutral approach to network design. Everything from network reliability, network topologies, routing and switching, wireless, virtual LANs, firewalls and gateways to security, Internet protocols, bandwidth, and multicast services are covered from the perspective of an organization's specific needs, rather than from product requirements.


Configuration management actually includes two different but related activities. The first keeps track of physical hardware, serial numbers, locations, patching information, and so forth. The second part of configuration management is the process of modifying, backing up, and restoring the software configuration of network equipment. This aspect of configuration management often becomes the focus of the whole activity. Many hardware vendors for routers and switches have excellent software for building and modifying software configurations. This software usually includes the ability to do scheduled backups of running configurations. This ability is an extremely important feature. If you have a recent configuration backup, then replacing a failed router with a new one is a fast and easy operation. Without a backup, this replacement is time consuming and usually requires an experienced engineer to reconstruct the software configuration.


Monitoring the network carefully and looking for bottlenecks and congestion issues overlap between performance management and fault management when performance problems become so severe that they interfere with the basic functioning of the network.Capacity planning is the natural outcome of performance management.We also ensure that the network's security measures work properly. Every firewall must be carefully monitored to see if it is in danger of compromise or if it is being abused in some way. Similarly, security management includes the maintenance of any filtering or encryption options.

For further details please call us on 020 8471 6788 or e-mail us




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