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Network Deployment: 3 Best Practices

It can be extremely challenging to manage an enterprise network. Or any network for that matter. Most businesses are heavily dependent upon real-time data sharing, online transactions, and operational processes making network systems a critical component to ensuring business efficiency. From backup and load balancing to stringent security controls, the quality of every aspect pertaining to the network is heavily dependent upon an effective deployment process.

Below are some best practices related to network deployments that your business must know.

Embrace the power of Ethernet

We have seen an unprecedented improvement and progress in the ability of Ethernet in the last decade. Networks that power over Ethernet offers greater scalability, flexibility, and reliability to enterprises, supplemented by the improved security provisions. The installation involves a simple routing process using Ethernet cables compared to complex VPN and MPLS setups. Business Ethernet also supports the existing network configuration. Carrier Ethernet can handle massive volumes of traffic and facilitates in high-speed connectivity of data centers to transfer substantial data loads efficiently. Moreover, Carrier Ethernet is easily upgradable and helps an organization cope with adaptive networking and ever-changing application and service demands.

Copy physical media to a hard drive

To keep it short and sweet, copy your physical media to a hard drive. This will accelerate the process of the deployment while immunizing the risk of errors and file corruption. Using this practice will also ensure that no communication errors occur and data installation is performed smoothly without any bugs or connectivity issues related to private networking.

Use a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC)

When specifying network paths during the deployment, using a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) instead of mapped drive letters can be extremely beneficial. Each computer has different mapped drive letters and utilizing UNC paths help to navigate this problem and facilitate error-free network deployment. An example of a UNC path is using “\\server\share\folder” instead of “E:\folder”.

Final Thoughts

Using the techniques as mentioned earlier and other best practices and data solutions will allow you to avoid bottlenecks and issues related to deployment and enable you to get your network up and running swiftly and smoothly.

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Colocation: Why SLA Agreements Are Smart For Business

Colocation and service level agreements. What are they and why do you need them? In this article, we’ll review what colocation is, how its services are useful to businesses, and then why service level agreements are so important.

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7 Ways to Reduce MPLS Costs Without Sacrificing Performance

Are your MPLS fees disrupting your IT department’s budget?

Don’t worry. We hear this a LOT.

IT execs, Networks Managers, IT Administrators, and even a few IT Support Techs all say something similar to this, “the company I work for has a corporate location and several remote sites that all connect back to corporate over MPLS lines that are crazy expensive. I need to look at a price alternative. What are my options?”

For the longest time, businesses small and large, have insisted that their WAN services be delivered exclusively on an MPLS network. Unfortunately, though MPLS has been the reliable technology for a decade, its reliability was based on accessing data from site-to-site, not remotely or through the cloud. When you add in these additional services, the costs go up.

These limitations along with its excessive cost have created a demand in the Telecom market for solutions that are lower in cost but provide high-performance.

Carrier Ethernet Service is a Corporate IT department’s preferred option due to performance, scalability, and cost. Businesses looking to reduce their MPLS costs and without sacrificing their Internet performance should consider it as a viable alternative.

7 Reasons Why Carrier Ethernet Is A Cost Reduction & Performance Enhancement Alternative:

1. Bandwidth –

Carrier Ethernet is a must-have option for expanding bandwidth demands in a cost-effective manner.

2. Cloud Application –

Cloud-based systems are often used by Enterprise companies to transport data. Carrier Ethernet has emerged as the preferred option to utilize with cloud computing technology.

3. Control –

IT Managers looking to gain more insight and control over their network can rely on standards from full end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs) over the entire service path that enables them to monitor their traffic from endpoint-to-endpoint.

4. Cost –

The price for Carrier Ethernet connectivity is considerably lower than almost any WAN MPLS service, making it a desirable choice for companies seeking to cut telecom costs.

5. Low Latency –

Replace your IT Departments non-Ethernet technologies with Carrier Ethernet Services that can provide significant storage and backup capabilities, as well as low latency.

6. Transmit Data Securely –

Combine the power of fully meshed global fiber network with Ethernet network services to transmit your business-critical data with confidence so it’s not traversing the public Internet. For added security, you can even combine your Internet, Cloud Exchange, and Data Center connections with into one solution with One Pipe Multi-Connect.

7. QoS –

Carrier Ethernet allows the quality of service definition to manage priority traffic, getting the right packets where they need to be when they need to be there.

So, if you’re an IT department head or an Internet Service Provider looking to overcome your connectivity dilemmas Carrier Ethernet Services may be the right choice for you. For more information, check out our Ethernet Matrix Data Sheet.

Ethernet: 3 Reasons Why It’s An Economical Alternative for Enterprises

The telecom marketplace is a fragmented one.

It’s difficult to understand what options are available and which service is the most economical to select to connect a site to your network. As IT decision-makers look for cost-effective options when upgrading communications, data storage, or other critical aspects of the business, Carrier Ethernet is a viable option to consider.

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