Network Design

The most important networking decisions are made long before the first data transmission. What type of network will suit your organization best? Most internet works fall into one of two categories: those that have been well designed and those that have merely been pieced together over time. The perceptible difference between these two types of networks illustrates the importance of good design. A well-designed network shows consistently high performance in application response time, the variation in response time, and other performance parameters.

Resilience
Your network should provide a resilient platform for the applications it supports. A highly specified network might have to meet an availability target of 99% for all applications with a zero-downtime requirement for mission-critical applications. Ideally, the failure of any one link or networking device along the client-to-server path should not result in the loss of a client-server session. Automatic failover to an alternate path should occur within a time interval short enough to minimize the effect on existing sessions.

Scalability
When designing a network our engineers always recommends both software and hardware that will not be outgrown as your users or data needs expand.
A scalable network can support growth without having to be radically redesigned. It can handle both the addition of users, network nodes or sites and the addition of new applications with increased bandwidth needs.
To get a feeling for how scalable your network is, ask yourself the following question: What if my network had to serve twice the number of users, twice the number of nodes, or new applications that demanded twice the bandwidth? A scalable network can accommodate this growth and change without significant changes to its infrastructure.
You should not have to redesign the fundamental network topology or the technology you use to accommodate growth. New nodes and users can be added to a scalable network in a simple building-block approach. Adding new nodes, for example, should simply entail the addition of a new section or block to an existing structure that serves as the core or backbone of the network. To accommodate increased bandwidth demands, you should be able to appropriately augment the LAN and WAN bandwidth as necessary.

Security
Access to your information should be instantaneous but also controlled, to keep prying eyes, both within and outside your organization from viewing sensitive data. We use the industry’s leading firewall and directory services to enable security on the networks that we build. For more information about security, please check our Firewalls and Security section.

Stability
Our engineers will build in the maximum redundancy into every system we install to mitigate down time. Our commitment to disaster recovery after component failure is foremost.

Make the most of your office equipment - with a well-designed network. A small team of capable engineers, who report on a general level to management, should resolve the details of the network design process no matter how large or how small your organization might be. After thorough discussion on requirements with the client, we design networks in our labs - not on the paper

 

Network Integration and Deployment

CEdge network integration and deployment services can help you rapidly integrate and deploy affordable network solutions that meet your organization’s current requirements and can scale to meet future demands. With our policy-based network services you can safeguard your network, make valuable network connectivity more effective and enhance response times. Integrated voice, video and data network convergence can streamline your IT infrastructure to help improve customer service levels and telecommunication costs.
Our integration/ deployment services include technology assessment, project management, and design and installation services. We help you sort through the curriculum software and hardware choices available to reach a standardized computer configuration. We then manage the entire implementation project to ensure a successful rollout with minimal interruption to daily activities.

Our skilled professionals can help you avoid the necessity of designing, installing and maintaining separate networks for voice, video and data. Managing a single, integrated network can save you time, energy and money.

Network Analysis

Networks have a tendency to grow out of control. It becomes imperative to analyze the traffic on the network to determine if the network is optimized correctly. As networks become increasingly critical to organizations’ business, so does the importance of having quality information on the performance of these networks grow, particularly where users are demanding and expecting 100% network availability in order to conduct their business.

Usually the source of such information is provided by network analyzers and network management tools, which are used to help detect, isolate and resolve problems after the fact.
However, we believe that the application for network management tools should be directed at problem avoidance rather than just problem solving. We invested in a range of products and applications that can identify problems or issues even before they affect the network’s performance and availability.

CEdge has the latest tools and technology to plug-in and to analyze the traffic on your network and prepare a comprehensive upgrade plan if needed. We will provide you with a comprehensive report and options to improve your LAN and WAN performance

 

Network, Security Audit and Documentation Overview

In order to proficiently maintain and support a network it is vital to have accurate information on the equipment used, its location and connectivity. Without this no guarantees can be given (by anyone) on how quickly faults can be resolved. For example, inaccurate information can result in the wrong spares being supplied to replace faulty equipment or the right spares dispatched to the wrong location.

With networks constantly expanding and IT departments under pressure to do more with less resources, it is increasingly difficult for network professionals to find the time to track changes and keep information up to date. Even in the best-run organizations experience has shown that many clients still have difficulty providing such information readily and in an easy use format.
To address this issue and to provide clients with better safeguards CEdge has put in place its Network Audit and Documentation Services. This has been specifically designed to furnish the information needed by both the client and CEdge to ensure faults can be rectified first time and as quickly as possible, with the primary goal of reducing network downtime.
The major objective of the service is to gather and collate as much information as possible on the network equipment. In particular:

· What exactly is the equipment

· Where precisely is the equipment located

In the course of delivering this service CEdge has built up considerable expertise in carrying out audits, and from the information gathered, producing high quality documentation. CEdge has completed over 50 projects, and one of the few organizations able to professionally offer such a service.

Network Audit

The Network Audit Service generates information that is essential for the efficient maintenance and support of complex networks. It can also provide the basic inventory needed for asset management and control. The audit will review each item of network equipment under contract and provide a comprehensive register containing information such as: brief type description (e.g. switch, hub, router), manufacturer, model, type, connectivity (if marked) and location. Most of this will be generated from site surveys normally conducted shortly after contract placement.
One of the major benefits of this process is that it allows both network management staff and CEdge personnel to familiarize themselves with the equipment configuration and its location - thereby helping to speed up the resolution of reported faults. The importance of knowing the hardware and software version levels cannot be over emphasized since this ensures that correct replacements are used when failures occur and ensuring that full operation is quickly restored.
The collection of software configurations can also be offered giving the client a secure and independent record of the equipment set up. If required, CEdge will hold this information with the rest of the audit information. This ensures that the equipment can be restored to full operation in the event of catastrophic failures where such configurations are lost or destroyed. The audit information will be reviewed with the schedule of equipment on a regular basis and anomalies discussed with the client. As an option, CEdge can record additional information on the register as specified by the client, e.g. equipment asset number and value. Example copies of network documentation and associated database information may be obtained on request.

Network Documentation

This service makes use of a PC based documentation application that combines both graphics and database facilities, thereby enabling all relevant information to be held together in one package.
The documentation produced provides a graphical representation (network map/diagram) of the network and includes necessary documented details required to support the equipment. This is made available to the client for use as a reference document. For example, this will allow network problems and changes to be clearly identified by the network management team and discussed with CEdge if applicable. CEdge Network Services will generate a network map of the client’s supported network and make it available both for the client’s and its own use. The software will provide a clear representation of the network in the form of a topology map, the equipment used and its connectivity. This will help in tracing problems and allow data flows to be better understood. In addition to depicting the network topology, the documentation package will provide a database detailing information about the network’s equipment.

Network Security

Network Security is now critical to the centerpiece of any enterprise IT Strategy. We have significant expertise in security consulting, risk analysis, policy development, and equipment selection. We have a formal risk assessment protocol that when completed will provide you with a clear and concise plan to minimize your security risks.

If you have corporate data and documents on your network that are vital to your business and you are connected to the Internet, then you should have a network security solution. Corporate assets such as marketing plans, financial records, legacy data, human resource files, CAD designs, product plans and confidential company documents should be safeguarded against theft, hackers, vandalism and loss.

CEdge will design, implement, and manage Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, and Anti-Virus Solutions so you can sleep while your network works safely

Advisory Services

Having gained a clear understanding of their customer’s data networks through the provision of maintenance and support services, CEdge is able to assist in the strategic planning and development of the networks.

The division acts in an advisory capacity, offering independent consultancy services. CEdge will look at their customer’s business, methods of operation and then identify and define the objectives. The next stage will be to document solutions, which match those objectives and provide budgetary costs with quantifiable justifications. CEdge already offers consultancy days as an integral part of their network support contracts so customers feel they are maximizing their investment in the relationship.

Advanced CompuNet’s knowledge and experience means it is extremely well equipped to handle these consultancy assignments and provide the best customized solutions.

Network Consultancy operates at four distinct levels:

· Strategic consultancy providing a long-term network direction within a client’s organization

· Network requirement analysis, e.g. feasibility studies and network reviews

· Network design and planning

· Tactical consultancy for specific network needs, e.g. complex troubleshooting

 

In addition this can cover the following areas:
•Impact Analysis (e.g. of new applications)
•Advice and Guidance on Technology
•Network Management Advice, Installation and Configuration

 

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