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Tips for Supporting Your Clients Network

Does supporting your client networks wreak havoc on your day-to-day productivity? If so, then this is the article for you. Managing client networks can be tricky. A picture-perfect set-up would be if each network device you managed came from the same manufacturer. But an experienced MSP knows better.

Did you know that 75% of MSPs manage at least four or more network devices from various manufacturers?

Well, now you do. Some MSPs have even reported up to twenty vendors for one client’s network.  How crazy is that?

To reiterate, managing various networks is a standard process for most MSPs, but just because it’s standard doesn’t mean it’s less complicated.

Managing client networks requires the understanding of managing diverse OS systems, various languages, and a whole LOT more. Even though standardization is preferred, it is not practicable for all scenarios.

Because we’re in the network business, we decided to offer a few tips for supporting your clients’ network. Hopefully, you find them helpful!

Tips for Supporting Your Clients Network

Out-Of-Band Management

Establishing a connection to a device via a substitute connection similar to a serial interface without utilizing the production network is out-of-band management. It can be used to access network devices when your product network is inaccessible. Switches, routers, firewalls, and other network elements can usually be configured via serial connections to the device. It offers command line control on the device in the absence of network interfaces.

IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interfaces)

When the primary metal server is not accessible, and the server’s OS gets corrupted and stops booting, remote connection to the machine cannot be established through SSH or RDP, which means inability to restore the backup or reinstalled OS remotely. The server can be managed out-of-band through IPMI. It serves as an IP switch and remotely creates a mouse, keyboard and video access to the server over the network. IPMI allows rebooting the server or repairing or reinstalling OS in situations where OS is corrupted and serve is inaccessible.

Console Servers

Console servers offer several serial ports, which can be linked to the serial console ports of different network elements. When the internet connection is down, they allow administering network devices over its 3G or LTE networks remotely. Even though the client would not have internet access until the repair has been done at the ISP end, you will be capable of making local infrastructure accessible. Because IPMI makes use of network interface controllers (NICs) for access, IPMI devices would also be inaccessible when the network is not available. The good news is that console servers are equipped with several NICs that allows server IPMIs to link directly to the console server. This further allows remote access to IPMI equipped server through the console server even when there is no internet connectivity.

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Carrier Ethernet: 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using It

In this highly modern and tech-savvy world, one needs to go well beyond the standard technological differences and difficulties and focus on the advancements in the field of it. This modernization has tipped the scales in favor of LAN converted WAN technology, Carrier Ethernet. Carrier Ethernet has emerged as one of the most feasible and practical options for companies who are looking to upgrade their communication systems, data storage, and various other communication aspects of the business that require internet.

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Carrier Ethernet:

  1. Better Security

Carrier Ethernet facilities offer the users greater security than MPLS in numerous scenarios. The delivery switch present in the Carrier Ethernet service functions at Layer 2, and the in-band control channel is VLAN (Virtual LAN), which is not accessible through the Layer 3 network. This means that your system is safe from threats of potential hackers.

  1. Improved Scalability

By employing a flexible fiber networking apparatus, carriers can, every so often, give customers a request, for instance, a 100-megabit connection on every 1-gigabit port. However, with Carrier Ethernet, the ability to scale the bandwidth is multiplied by 9, which makes it up to 900 megabits each second. VARs can also additionally help clientele meet business requirements swiftly, without the necessity for extra onsite equipment, as their capacity needs increases.

  1. Data Center Connectivity

Businesses that are searching for high-speed services required to connect data centers prefer using the Ethernet connections, as the maximum obtainable bandwidth is usually ten gigabits per second over fiber links, with the choice in most occasions to far surpass this “ceiling.”

  1. Simplicity of Use

Beyond the numerous benefits of an end to end, LAN to WAN, Carrier Ethernet network, traffic does not have to compete for often-fluctuating bandwidth. While MPLS can use QoS to allocate priorities to complex traffic types to cope with network overcrowding, this is very time-consuming. Alternatively, Carrier Ethernet WAN connections have VLANs, which can be easily created as well as dedicated to prioritizing the traffic flow, and thus, businesses obtain numerous benefits from the copious bandwidth, minus overcrowding and conflict concerns. Users can expect less dormancy as well.

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