Your wireless network is one of the most important parts of your business’ day-to-day functions, without it how would your work day look? Would you lose functionality, would your productivity suffer?

For most businesses it would be fair to say that their day-to-day functionality relies on a dependable, always-on network connection; but for many, this is just not realistic of their current networks. It might not be something that you’ve considered, but by properly designing your network you can have a dependable and strong connection throughout your business, without black spots or downtime.

But what’s the outcome of having a well-designed network? We run through the 4 key areas of benefit you can achieve through implementing a properly designed network.

1. Performance

The best networks perform at a consistently high level and having a network design plan in place can ensure that your network performs at its optimal level with respect to your key performance parameters. Application response time is something you will notice a clear improvement in, as well as the variation in response time for different devices across your environment1.

2. Resilience

For your organisation to function at its optimal level, the network you employ needs to be a resilient platform for the applications that you use. It varies across organisations and industries, but typically speaking, a highly specified network would need an availability target of 99% for all applications with a goal of “zero downtime” for those applications that are mission critical2.

With such a network, the failure of one link or device along the client-to-server pathway would not result in the loss of an entire client-server session, because with the right network design plan in place, an automatic failover to an alternate pathway would occur in a time interval that is short enough to minimise the effect on existing sessions.

3. Scalability

A well-designed network allows you to adequately foster growth without the need to drastically redesign your network. At Computer Merchants, when designing network plans for customers we always ask ourselves; “if there were twice the users, twice the applications and twice the devices, would this current network hold up?” A network that is scalable can deal with growth and change without requiring any form of significant change to its infrastructure, something achievable with a strong network design plan. The network technology you implement should not have to be redesigned to accommodate business growth.

4. Cost

Cost is always a fundamental element to any network design plan. Your network obviously needs to meet certain technical specifications for functionality purposes, but it must also be cost-effective. Typically speaking, network designs are characterised on a cost versus performance and availability basis.

You may require larger amounts of bandwidth to ensure your applications perform at their optimal level, however, there tends to be a cut-off point where paying for more bandwidth is no longer cost-effective3. This is a decision for you to evaluate, at what point is a faulty network tolerable when considering the cost?

The Solution

Whether it be designing, implementing, configuring or troubleshooting your network, Computer Merchants can assist you in achieving optimal efficiency through a network that is easy to use, easy to scale, resilient and cost-effective. Utilising our wealth of experience and the ESS (Ekahau Site Survey) tool, we can provide you with everything required to ensure your network is running at its best.

If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with a Computer Merchants expert today.

1https://workingnets.com/2016/12/importance-network-design-plan/
2https://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/tip/The-importance-of-a-network-design-plan
3https://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/tip/The-importance-of-a-network-design-plan


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