PLAN A LAN FOR OPTIMUM NETWORK PERFORMANCE?
How do you design to minimise network storms and max out on business efficiency? Continue reading below for an eight step how to.
1 Current Network Performance
Study the customers network performance in its current state. Using network analysers and network management software data crunch the performance several times throughout the working day, especially when employees first log on, and during other times when the customer has reported network storms or failures.
This collated data provides useful information on the LAN performance, and provides vital information on the areas within the existing infrastructure topology that are creating performance problems, and that are leading to you asking for our assistance.
2 Your LAN Requirements
Meet with all businesses employees from every section of your company to fully understand any specific software and/or potential expansion requirements. Your LAN itself consists of routers, switches and cables, therebye provides connectivity to the internet and to any other business locations, plan future network roadmaps, don't just think 'that'll do'.
Local area networks (LANs) are a single location, a studio, an office, a building, that use routers, switches and cables to provide ports enabling you to connect your servers, storage, computers, ip phones and printers together so you employees can connect.
Again don't just mix and match. just because your software department can use a legacy Cisco 2960, it doesn't mean your graphics office can.
3 Infrastructure Design
Collect any existing physical network diagrams that can help in the visualization of the current state of design. This can also help instantly identify routers, switch and computers models, location of LAN uplink bandwidth specification speeds, location of any network equipment cabinets and subsequent vital cooling information, and can also provide network cabling current standards, fibre and/or copper network cable.
Diagrams may also contain IP address information for the LAN including any virtual LANs information if more than a singular is enabled. Connectivity protocols used within the network infrastructure, any routing protocols used for connectivity to other LANs in other locations.
4 Future Proof Road Maps
Think 2 years for any advancement for each single location. Startups and small business companies may still require telecommunication or network cabinets. These cabinets can provide fibre or copper network cables to each employees workstation if the distance from the computer room exceeds allowable cable limits.
Cabinets can also serve as the basic location for LAN access 2nd or 3rd layer switches that provide the connection ports for all of your wired access points. Small business servers, printers, scanners and end user computers, that all of your companies employees may use are all thoroughly investigated here.
5 Cables And Cabling
Correctly select the number of LAN switches with subsequent port numbers currently required, and project growth over the next 2 years. Even startups and small businesses can include one or more cabinets and/or intermediate distribution frames. Ensure 'out of touch' network cabling at each employees to avoid accidental removal and damage. Cabinets can also serve as a secure installation location for LAN access 2nd and/or 3rd layer switches that provide all the required connection ports for all your businesses computers, scanners, printers and all other bespoke network hardware you may use. These switches can also connect to the computer room switches using fibre optic or gigabit cabling, enabling voice and video integration with minimal latency for the best quality of service.
Examine the utilisation of dual or quad switch configurations in the computer room, this can provide redundancy and scalability. Or maybe even enterprise class if budgeting allows.
6 IP Hierarchy And Speed
Develop an IP address hierarchy that again exceeds growth requirements, select a routing protocol for the network that supports fast convergence combined with the easiest of management. If you're business encompasses multiple locations, we'll select a network transport service for bandwidth based performance requirements covering all your growth projections, this will include any newly planned infrastructure.
7 New Network Installation
Pre-configure all network equipment before implementation and test it prior to installation. Start implementation over various phases. Beginning with computer room core switches first, provide secure connectivity to the servers. Dependent on the size of the network task it may be possible to immediately follow this by the installation of upgraded access layer switches.
Inform all your employees of dates and times by the hour of how the implementation will effect them, as due to the implementation and uprading of any network infrastructure, various system access and subsequent data will be unavailable during these stages. This notification window will give all your employees an opportunity to plan any work around any resulting downtime they might experience.
8 Test And Document For Minimal Downtime
Schedule any personnel and IT support staff required from respective departments.
Fully test computers, printers scanners and any other attached network devices after the installation of routers and switches making sure everything is fully operational.
Support your business needs by having our network technicians on standby throughout the first day of any new network going live, this will help address any problems that employees might encounter. Following the implementation and successful startup, fully document any network infrastructure for any operational support services and even further future planning.