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In information technology, networking is defined as the construction, design, and use of a network, including the physical (cabling, hubs, bridges, switches, routers, and so forth), the selection and use of telecommunication protocol and computer software for using and managing the network, and the establishment of operation policies and procedures related to the network.
We have significant experience in this area and have provided networking support for new or changing companies (see SYSTEM CONSULTING) and existing companies. We understand that a company’s networking technology creates the backbone for its system’s physical infrastructure.
There are many different ways that a network can operate and we work closely with our clients to make sure that the networking technology in use aligns to their current needs as well as their long-term needs.
Here the 4 types of networks we work on and how they impact the businesses we support.
A well-established wireless network can provide a host of benefits to a business and we’ve had a long history of being creative in determining how to give a company access to these benefits. We have been able to help companies speed up their systems and improve system performance. We’ve also seen the advantages provided as work teams have been able to effectively use laptops, tablets and other mobile devices to take advantage of data mobility, as well as give their visitors easy but safe connectivity.
Cloud/Hosted Networks can have a significant impact on businesses that need to connect from different locations but also maintain a desired level of separation. In addition, a cloud/hosted network makes it significantly easier and more streamlined to manage an overall network from a distance. Over the years we have seen the power of this type of network help companies that acquire another company (with a network that is foreign to them) create a mechanism for coming together in a controlled manner.
Over the years, we’ve helped businesses that operate in a relatively large geographical area, establish a Global Network (also referred to as a WAN – Wide Area Network). Typically, this has consisted of two or more local-area networks (referred to as LANs). These wide-area networks are often connected through public networks, such as the internet, telephone system, leased lines or satellites. Some of the advantages we’ve seen this bring to businesses are… the opportunity to consolidate resources into one central data center, reducing the lag time often seen in remote-office locations; a reduction in costs to manage data across multiple locations; better data protection; and easier compliance in regulation-driven business environments.
For smaller companies, we have helped them establish Local Networks (also referred to as LAN’s) so as to centralize their I.T. administration, add data security, optimize system performance, centralize their data back-ups, reduce their operating costs, deliver better customer service, create universal access to business applications, and gain real-time insight into their businesses.