In simplest terms your organizations network infrastructure joins together multiple devices so that these devices can “interact” with one another using a common network. This can be on a small scale, such as a computer, printer, and wireless router, or on a large scale where servers allow different departments or multiple facility locations to communicate using one or more networks.
When deciding which network plan will best suit your business, there are a few important elements to consider, such as:
- Office Layout: How the physical structure of your facility is designed will determine how and where the technician installs network components such as cabling.
- Type of Equipment: If you are using multiple computer stations or require restricted access controlled networks, you must factor in what type of equipment will work best for your specific needs.
- Scalability of Network: If your business is in a growth spurt, you may want to choose a network infrastructure that can be easily scaled up to accommodate growth. In addition, you must consider whether you will need a LAN (local area network) or a WAN (wide area network). A LAN will allow your system to operate only within your facility, a WAN network will allow each of your facilities and/or branches to communicate with one another.
- Hardware Options: Proper network cabling is the most important component of your networking system. Depending on your specific need, your tech consultant may suggest twisted pair cables, coaxial cables, optical fiber, or a wireless set up.
- Budget: Determining how much your organization has to spend on installation, equipment, and maintenance can effect what type of infrastructure you can install. Be sure to speak with a professional about which options will best fit your budget.
Whether your networking needs are big or small, Grid Squared Systems has you covered. Our highly trained staff is ready to answer any questions you have about how we can design or improve your network infrastructure. Please contact us for more information.