Cyberspace: Managing Dynamic Networks
As I’ve written previously, change is inevitable—especially when it comes to the ongoing management of IT networks. New products and technologies, new IP-enabled devices and new delivery methodologies continue to hit the market at an ever-accelerated pace.
Let’s review six important areas you need to keep in mind in order to properly manage your client’s networks and be in a position to upgrade and update them effectively.
High-value networking equipment tends to be “future proof,” meaning that it will reasonably support new devices and protocols. Spending a bit more now will give your client a better chance that their network investment will be able to easily adapt to handle new managed elements that will find their way into their system—preferably utilizing re-configuration as opposed to customization.
With an ever-increasing number of IP-enabled devices being added to the mix, managed network environments need to grow accordingly. What you design and sell today must be able to keep up with basic functionality, as well as having the ability to scale gracefully from small environments to enterprise class as the need arises—with a minimum of disruption or difficulty.
A recent example of this is the expansion of video services over IP networks, especially with on-demand and live content streaming across the network. These services consume a large amount of bandwidth and can interfere with the delivery of other standard services on a network.
As video services continue to expand and new functionality continues to develop, bandwidth requirements will continue to increase. Make sure you head this off at the pass by using network design strategies that can accommodate anticipated future growth.
One such strategy for this example might be to design an isolated network specifically for video content that has its own connection to the Internet service provider. This solution might not be appropriate for every client, but it would be wise to design your network so that solutions like this can be implemented if the need ever arises.