To create a network infrastructure, hardware and software resources must converge to facilitate communications and services between users, applications and processes. Here’s our handy to-do-list to get infrastructure networking right.
- LAN cards
- Operating systems
- Network security applications
- Internet connection
- Wireless protocols
- IP addressing
By adhering to the points below, Nigerian businesses can ensure that their infrastructure is operating optimally.
Make a critical infrastructure list: There are different ways to create this list, but the manual process entails physically checking the network by starting at the core switch and checking everything that’s connected to it. This list will include routers, firewalls, distribution switches and any networked devices.
Begin a change control process: Rather than taking a shortcut by duplicating change control processes from previous jobs, create a log of changes, and who implemented them, for every system on your critical infrastructure list.
Be mindful of dependencies: Many systems are dependent on others, which makes monitoring tools a priority for the health of the network. You ideally need a dedicated team to monitor your network.
Set up security standards: Your users are the most important asset to keep in check because they are the weakest link in any security plan. Before a user gains access to a network account, they require training on what to do and what not to do. Ensure that each user obtains an account dedicated only to them. Policies should be created to help secure your network such as an Internet access policy, remote access policy, network security policy and remote access policy. Policies can then be used as the ultimate reference point when making important security decisions.
Make sure your data is optimal: Ensure that you have enough space to house your data. In addition, back up your network and have a contingency plan such as a disaster recovery service in place.
Keep an eye on network traffic: You need to analyse your traffic flow instead of just relying on your firewall to protect your network. You can achieve this with an intrusion detection system.
Digital disruption is creating a shift in the way organisations operate their networks. Dimension Data, a proud strategic partner of IS, says: “We’ll also see more businesses exploiting software-defined networking and network virtualisation across the network in the data centre, hybrid WAN and the campus, as part of their efforts to transform their networks.”
It is clear that the industry is leaning towards a hybrid IT approach, which includes a move away from technology integration towards services integration. Read our e-book to learn how to design the network architecture of the future.
Nigerian businesses can take the initiative and do all this for themselves, or they can let IS handle the hard work. We’ve been in this business for 11 years, and you can trust that your precious company resources and infrastructure networking systems will be safe with us. Get started by looking at our connectivity solutions .