A business network enables everyone in your company to connect to each other, to customers, to business partners, to important applications and to the Internet. The beauty of a network is that information and applications can be shared and accessed easily by everyone on your team. Consider the following:
The way a network operates is to connect computers and peripherals using two pieces of equipment - switches and routers. These two let the devices connected to your network talk with each other as well as talk to other networks.
Though they look quite similar, routers and switches perform very different functions in a network:
Routers and switches are the building blocks for all business communications from data to voice and video to wireless access. They can improve a company's bottom line by enabling your company to increase productivity, cut business costs, and improve security and customer service.
Specifically, routers and switches support:
Using routing and switching technologies allows your staff, even those located in different locations, to have equal access to all your business applications, information and tools. Keeping everyone connected to the same tools can increase employee productivity. Routing and switching also can provide access to advanced applications and enable services, such as IP voice, videoconferencing and wireless networks.
Speeding access to information
Accurate, timely information is essential for making prudent business decisions. Routing and switching provides access to allow great visibility into real-time business information and provides a sound basis for effective decision-making.
Enhancing customer service
Today's customers expect rapid responses and personalized services whenever they're dealing with your business, either by phone, email or on a website. A responsive, reliable network is an absolute necessity to give your employees speedy access to customer information, and enable them to respond rapidly and intelligently to resolve customer requirements.
Reducing operating costs
Routing and switching technologies can make a positive impact on your bottom line. You save expenses by sharing equipment, such as printers and servers, and services, such as Internet access. A reliable network also can grow with your business, keeping you from having to replace it as your needs grow.
Protect valuable business information
Enabling remote connections
Globalization has changed the way we work. Virtual teams, mobile workers, and home-based telecommuters all need to share information at any time. Modern businesses need networks that can connect employees, suppliers, partners and customers regardless of location, whether they are across town or halfway around the globe. With remote connectivity through a VPN, employees can securely access company resources and tools and work more productively.
Once you understand the ways in which routing and switching technologies can help your business, the next step is to determine whether you have the right foundation for your company's needs. The following is a list of considerations to get you started.
The quality of your existing equipment
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