Friday, October 3, 2008

Foundations of a Solid Infrastructure

Basics for a solid infrastructure in place

Computer network installation can be daunting but with a few guidelines you can install a good network at your home or office. Networking allows computers to share peripherals, and allows one computer to backup the data of another. Also networks can enable a single computer to act as an Internet access point for the entire network without the inconvenience of fitting a modem and telephone extension for each computer.

This involves defining business requirements and growth plans to build a framework for connecting computers and other equipment in the organization. Good network planning eases the process of a suitable network installation. Here users need to consider usage requirements and assess who will manage the network. Usage, maintenance, expansion and security issues also need consideration.

Hardware requirements
Once the planning has been done, the next stage involves understanding what hardware will be required and what hardware your network will support. This can be a hard task so don’t hesitate to ask a professional IT company like Perfect Integration for proper recommendations in this area. These recommendations can include back-up devices, uninterruptible power supplies, network printers, etc. Once this is determined by your installer, you need to understand how many network points will be required. Hubs and switches should have sufficient ports for the various connections. Also there should be enough scope for growth and expansion in the future.

Here are requirements Perfect Integration recommends for a solid infrastructure:

Have your server backed with a UPS surge protector.
• Have all the proper software and hardware for your network.
• Keep all cables strapped together to limit fire hazard.
• Keep your PC or Server in a cool place.
• Make sure you have all password and usernames in place.
• Re-install your operating system (XP, Win Vista)

Network design
Here various aspects like the kind of topology, network operating system, the right network interface cards and cabling needs to be considered. If the network is small, a basic topology like ring, bus, mesh or star may be used. But if the network is complex, a hybrid of two or more technologies may need to be implemented. The location of the network cables, various devices, hubs, switches, servers, printers, firewalls, routers and modems needs consideration. Building or leasing regulations that may affect the cabling also need to be kept in mind. Security issues, both within the organization and on the Internet also need consideration. Perfect Integration has tools to use align all of these process so they work as one production crew.

Support services
Here you need to consider professional consultants, support staff, and Perfect Integration is a one stop shop for all the support you’ll need. You will need to consider the staff for management, security, maintenance and training. Employees will require to adopt new habits while using the network and sufficient training needs to be provided in this regard.
Networks can help people share information, efficiently access the Internet, and work collaboratively. As networks become necessary, it is important to know which technologies will work for your organization. To help make an informed choice on what technologies, hardware and support systems to use, Perfect Integration offers its turnkey solutions that make operations seamless. Our services enable your organizations to install suitable networks that are easy to upgrade and expand.

Click the link below and listen to Justin @ Perfect Integration, Inc. give advise on the steps needed to set-up a solid infrastructure.

Give us a call if you need any help setting up your office's computer network!
Perfect Integration, Inc.
7040 Avenida Encinas Suite 201
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Office: 760.929.2319

“Perfect Integration is a smart choice for computer services advice and support. They are quick to respond to our needs with a solution that guarantees results. Our technician, Justin, is always friendly, professional and competent. We recommend Perfect Integration to anyone in need of professional technical support for their business.”

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V2O The Venue Long Beach, CA

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