Enterprise Networks

How to Plan, Design and Optimize Enterprise Networks?

How to Plan, Design and Optimize Enterprise Networks? 

The continued transformation of technology to provide instant access to people at all locations of the world in their personal lives has created quite the challenge for IT managers and businesses as they look to build the fastest, most efficient, highly scalable and always accessible enterprise networks.

The demands and expectations of business leaders have grown to the point that they want to be able to access whatever they want from wherever they want without the need to switch between applications or network connections. This has placed a lot of pressure on those who need to plan, design and optimize these enterprise networks.

These expectations may seem unrealistic for IT managers, or at the very least quite the challenging undertaking. Not only is designing a highly-effective and accessible enterprise network a challenge in terms of creation and deployment, but it can also be very time consuming to set up and expensive to create.

So, how does one tasked with planning, designing and optimizing an enterprise network attack the challenge and come out successful on the other end?

The Challenges of Enterprise Networks

The whole goal behind creating an enterprise network is to bring all a company’s users and information into one central place, in the process eliminating the various silos that simple add-ons to a single-location network would create. All the systems a company uses must be integrated into this central place while still providing exceptional speed, various accessibility, and security.

This has become a big challenge today, as the trend of business is continuing to transition out of the office and into various locations. At the same time, security threats abound everywhere, and networks that are more susceptible to these security threats are those that are open to the outside.

In the age of IoT, connectivity is key, but this can be an issue for some locations and some industries. Take mining, oil rigs and work on remote islands, for example, where there may not be the availability of wireless networks, where there is an essential need for that wireless connectivity to operate the equipment.

On private campuses, there is also the balancing act of configuring a network with the proper capacity, coverage and performance monitoring while taking into consideration cost.

How Most Enterprise Networks Connect

In most organizations, an enterprise network is created by combining both local and wide area networks, called a LAN and WAN, respectively. The hub of the system is connected to the on-site workers through the LAN, while those working off-site at another location use the WAN to connect.

In most organizations, the way people connect to these network points is through either PMR/TETRA technology or WiFi. Each of these methods has a significant downside, though.

What is PMR/TETRA?

TETRA stands for Terrestrial Trunked Radio. It was first deployed back in 1997 but has grown to be the most successful digital trunking standard for those who want to use it in a professional setting. PMR stands for Private Mobile Radio, and its users include emergency services, airports, mining, factory sites, and transport services.

The limitations of a PMR/TETRA network are pretty obvious. PMR technologies support mostly voice communication and can’t satisfy the growing broadband data needs. As such, most enterprise networks can’t be built on technology unless the network is designed for an industry that is interested in only the private radio aspect of it.

Enterprise Wireless Networks

WiFi is a commonly-known technology that is used by most people on a daily basis. When most people think WiFi, they think of connecting mobile devices to a home or office network without a wire, while they’re on the go.

But WiFi is another way that an enterprise network can become connected. The obvious upside to this is most people are familiar with the technology, and as such, they know how to connect to a WiFi network at different locations.

Another major positive of WiFi is easily interoperability with user devices. There is also no Radiofrequency (RF) regulatory requirements, and it is often quick to build a network based on WiFi.

What Are the Alternatives to Building an Enterprise Network?

The best and most reliable way to build an enterprise network today is through mobile networks. In fact, EION Wireless is an optimal solution for end-users and service providers in both enterprise, public safety and private mobile markets.

EION’s Broadband Wireless offerings deliver last-mile wireless LTE and WiMAX solutions for various industries such as defense agencies, security agencies, remote communities, and enterprises. Multiple applications can be easily supported and deployed through the network, using a wide of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio systems along with robust and scalable broadband gateways.

Some of the other benefits to EION’s Wireless solutions are:

  • Fast and reliable bandwidth
  • Flexible and scalable installation
  • A proven track record
  • Solid security

The company offers a transformational 4G networking solution that includes end-to-end WiMAX access, and also offers Street WiFi and Tunnel WiFi solutions for enterprise networks.

The key to planning, designing and optimizing an enterprise network, is to consider your organization’s current needs as well as its future plans for expansion and growth, and then deploy a network that is both easy for IT to construct and for users to connect to.

With today’s ever-increasing focus on security, speed and instant access – all at a time when more and more of a company’s workforce needs to access the network on the road or at multiple locations – the need for an enterprise network connected with LTE technology, such as EION’s Wireless platform, is becoming more essential every day.I

Case Study: Enterprise Networks

Oil & Gas:

Challenge: Megkom was required to provide Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) a real-time communications network between its ships, the rigs, and seismic analysis equipment over distances of 15 kilometers in an offshore environment using next-generation wireless technology.

Solution: Megkom selected EION’s VIP 110-24 radio solution and successfully completed testing. Seeing successful testing, PGS had initiated the deployment of VIP 110-24 radio solution in ten ships in the first phase. By seeing effective connectivity PGS has expanded deployment of VIP 110-24 to 25 ships.

Enterprise and Government

Challenge: Damascus University has twenty-four campuses scattered throughout the City of Damascus. The university required a private network between all the sites to share information as well as provide Internet access together with the MHE in Damascus. The large distances between all the sites meant that connecting all the sites with the conventional wire infrastructure would be prohibitively expensive.

Solution: EION’s products were chosen for this project as a result of their security, range, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. A backhaul link from a local Internet Service Provider (ISP) to the MHE was established. Then a Point-to-Multipoint system connected all campus sites to the MHE. The Ultima 3 MP was the ideal multipoint solution as some of the sites are as far as 16 kilometers (or 10 miles). EION’s innovative wireless solution ensured rapid deployment of the network needed by both the Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Damascus.

                                           For such end-to-end private network design, deployment, and testing 

How You Can Achieve the Best Network Performance Management?

How You Can Achieve the Best Network Performance Management?

Companies spend a lot of time, money and effort into designing and creating the perfect network. They spend the time researching the best providers for wired and wireless connections to all their locations. They spend the money needed to purchase the most bandwidth to ensure the highest speed of connectivity. They make the effort to investigate the best possible solutions to ensure everyone is connected on the go, no matter where they are, with the highest level of security.

Companies do all of this because the network is the backbone of their operations. Without it, not many larger companies would be able to operate as they do today. Without a high-performing network, it’s next to impossible for a company to grow and innovate at the rate that is necessary to compete in today’s business landscape. 

Not only do consumers expect to always be connected, but a company’s employees do, too. The problem, of course, is that once that perfect network has been designed, created and deployed, there are many fail points that occur at various points in the infrastructure. Such fail points could include:

  • Latency or total disruption in coverage
  • Packet loss
  • Throughput issues
  • Retransmission

The challenge for these companies is that although they may have the skills and knowledge on staff to research and find the best network products, they don’t have the ability to diagnose and rectify problems when they occur over the wireless network. In order to do this properly, the wireless network owner and the operator would have to know where and what the issues are, and then put appropriate strategic actions in place to maintain and improve the quality of service for its customers.

How Network Performance Management Can Help

Network performance management software can help your company no matter how complex your company’s network may be. It can help you to better manage your network’s reliability and functionality. Even if your company has the staff that has the skill set to do this, doing so manually will require a huge chunk of time and money.

The network performance management software, in contrast, is an investment that can help optimize the management of your network in an automatic way. Network performance management software will help optimize your network infrastructure, improve your network’s efficiency and simplify the overall operations of your network.

This becomes even more important as more and more companies are turning to cloud services as the main part of their overall network. This can offer present challenges in monitoring the network, in identifying issues when they arise and in rectifying these problems as they pop up. 

The main things you should be looking for in a company providing network performance management are whether the company has a long history of success in the field, if it can handle multiple sources of data, if the software allows for the management of each part of the network separately, and how involved the company will be in the actual day-to-day monitoring and management of the network.

Most importantly, though, you need to find a company that has the ability and wherewithal to offer an all-encompassing network performance management solution and not one that does so in patchwork fashion. There are plenty of tools an IT team can use to monitor different parts of their network, but having an all-in-one solution is key if you really want to ensure the top performance and monitoring of your network.

The key, of course, is finding the right company that offers the perfect blend of everything you need at a cost that works for you.

You Need to Understand Your Network

First, though, before you can even begin to bring in a network performance management company and software to help, you have to understand your network and all its components. If you don’t have this baseline understanding, it will be next to impossible for you to identify what’s going wrong, or to explain to another company what the issues are. 

Sometimes, it can even be possible that your network is not where the fail points are occurring. If that’s the case, then a network performance management system wouldn’t solve any of your current problems (although it certainly would go a long way in preventing future ones from cropping up). 

To truly understand your network, you should map it out and assign priorities to each of the applications that are running on the network. The more important applications should be assigned the higher priorities, of course, and so on down the line. This will help you and the network performance management team diagnose any bandwidth problems you might be having, for example, and re-allocate resources where need be if there’s a latency issue.

This mapping will not only go a long way in making you understand your network, but it will help the network performance management solution serve you better in the long run.

Make Sure You Provide the Best Technology

The key to success in today’s ultra-fast business world is ensuring your network is up to the standards of the speed of delivery. Today, this means researching ways you can plan for, and then integrate, the coming arrival of 5G. In some markets throughout the world, 5G is already here, but for most, it is still on its way.

More and more industries are relying on mobile technologies that are powered by 4G LTE networks. When 5G arrives in its full form, it will increase the speed at which communications are done, potentially forever changing the information and data exchange network. Beyond just streaming video faster, for example, 5G could provide the technology that is needed to build a truly optimized network for autonomous vehicles, for example.

No matter what industry your company is in, researching ways on how you can utilize 5G, and embracing the technology, will be essential. Mobile infrastructure is oftentimes much more secure than Wifi, for example, which means you might be able to switch the focus of your IoT network. 

Educate Your Users

Once any issues are fixed and the network performance management solution is in place, it’s important that you educate all of the users on the network on how to use it. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a lot of network problems are created by simple user error. A small user group, or even one solitary user, can cause monumental failures in a network if they don’t use it properly.

That’s why it’s so important that once you understand your network and the network performance management solution is in place, that you educate all of your users on best practices, including how to and how not to use all of the applications that are on the network.

How TeleResources Approaches Network Performance Management

TeleResources understands the complexity of all that goes into managing wireless network performance. Network_Performace Management

We use the expertise we have on staff and leading-edge tools to address the needs of wireless network managers and operators so that they can deliver a quality and highly efficient network for their customers.

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