The Right Network Can Help You Build for the Future

October 20, 2011 - 0 Comments

A network built with next-generation technologies helps you stay competitive, save money

Whether you’re building a new network or upgrading your existing one, are you giving any thought to your future needs? A secure, reliable network is a business necessity—not a nice-to-have. If you’re building the right network for your business, your network will not only meet your current requirements but will also accommodate your company’s future needs.

A network that’s built with the future in mind can meet changing demands, such as expanding to new locations, supporting mobile workers, addressing new security threats, and an increasing number of devices. The right network will also support future technologies such as cloud, virtualization, and bandwidth-intensive applications such as video and voice.

The benefits of building a network that can grow with your business are many. For example, building a network with next-generation technologies allows you to focus on your business and can help your company stay competitive, allowing you to better engage with customers and partners. In addition, building your network for the future provides investment protection, helping your company save money over time. Keep in mind: Even though a network built with low-cost point products may provide short-term cost savings, it could end up costing your company 20-35 percent more over a three-year period.

Here are some additional benefits to building your network for the future:

  • The ability to serve multiple purposes. Tactical networks serve a single purpose—connecting employees to IT resources, such as servers, printers, and the Internet. With the right network, you can provide that connectivity as well as manage users however they’re accessing the network, whether that’s a desktop PC in the office or a smartphone on the road, for example.
  • Advanced quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities allow you to prioritize network traffic on a more granular level, for example, giving higher priority to different kinds of video traffic and virtual desktops. This improves network performance and ensures a high-quality user experience.
  • Consistent security across the network with products—from firewalls and VPN clients to web content security—that communicate with one another and can protect you from threats with multiple vectors; for example, a spam email that leads to a site containing malware. Separate point products often don’t share information and can leave your network vulnerable to attack.
  • Service plans that provide support beyond standard warranty coverage ensure your network stays up and running and help protect your technology investment. For example, a service plan can include a software-enabled service that proactively monitors, diagnoses, and resolves issues before they become problems can improve network uptime and save your company money.

Your network is a critical business asset. To ensure your network meets you company’s needs today and tomorrow, enlist the help of a local Cisco reseller who can help make selection, implementation, and management simple.

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