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A Checklist for Network Design

Does your business need a network design? Keep reading to learn about the essential steps of network design. We will also discuss why you should choose Bluebird Network to help you with your needs.

What Is a Network?

Before diving into the specifics of network design, it is important to understand the purpose of a network. Essentially, a network is a group of connected devices that can communicate with one another.

Ultimately, the purpose of a network is to enable efficient communication, collaboration, and resource sharing within a company while maintaining security and privacy.

Steps in Network Design

Designing a network requires careful planning and a deep understanding of the organization’s needs. A poorly designed network can lead to issues like poor performance, slow connection, and even security breaches.

1. Defining the Network’s Purpose

To begin with, it is essential to determine the purpose of the network. What do you need a new network for? Your business might have one of the following needs: support a new office, improve end-user experience, cut costs, comply with new regulations, and improve business continuity. At Bluebird Network, we make sure to thoroughly understand our client’s needs to deliver results that would exceed your expectations.

2. Gathering Requirements

After defining the network’s purpose, it is necessary to ensure that the network satisfies the technical requirements:

  • Bandwidth
  • Security requirements
  • Specific protocols the project must implement
  • RTO/RPO (recovery time objective/recovery point objective) numbers
  • Uptime SLAs (service level agreements)

Bluebird Network’s Fiber Advantage is in the top 1% of worldwide networks by CAIDA so you will not be disappointed.

3. Selecting the Appropriate Network Components

With a clear purpose and requirements in place, the network components that will work best for your organization can now be chosen, taking into consideration the network’s infrastructure, the cabling and connectors, the servers, and other equipment.

4. Planning For Redundancy

When designing a network, it’s important to have redundancy to ensure continuity in case of any equipment failures or disasters. Redundancy can be achieved through backup connections, power supplies, and data storage.

5. Ensuring Network Security

Network security should be a top priority when designing a network. It is important to plan for security measures like firewalls, access control, and intrusion detection systems.

6. Testing the Network

Before rolling out the network, it is important to test its performance to ensure that it meets the requirements and works as intended. Testing can include bandwidth and latency tests, security testing, and stress testing.

7. Maintaining and Updating the Network

Finally, after deploying the network, it is necessary to maintain and update it regularly to ensure its continued functionality and security. Regular maintenance and updates can include software updates, hardware upgrades, and network monitoring.

Bluebird Network provides high-capacity transport, lightning-fast internet, and data center solutions to support businesses, schools, hospitals, and many other data-driven enterprises. We can easily help you if your business needs to connect more quickly to the outside world, communicate with various branches, or store its data in an extremely secure location. Contact us today!

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