It’s the time of year again when business leaders are thinking about the technology trends and upgrades they’ll need to make for 2020 and beyond. With corporate networks under increasing pressure to deliver high-performance applications to both customers and employees, it’s never been more important to treat your IT infrastructure as a constantly evolving entity.
By building and maintaining a stronger foundation, you can boost security, improve scalability, and keep employees operating at maximum productivity. Below are telltale signs that it’s time for a network upgrade.
#1. It suffers regular outages
As business operations come to rely more and more on their networks, and customers expect to be served faster than ever, the costs of downtime will only continue to increase. Networks that suffer regular outages routinely leave employees unable to do their jobs and serve their customers, and it doesn’t take long before brand reputation takes a hit.
If your network suffers frequent outages, it’s time to pinpoint the problem and prioritize some upgrades. The problem might be something as simple as poor cabling in one part of your office or your router might be failing to keep up with demand. Other outages are due to external factors and may warrant shifting to a different ISP or cloud provider.
#2. Performance is inadequate
Every business needs to give itself ample room to grow so that it can accommodate periods of increased demand without overburdening its existing network infrastructure. It also needs to be able to tap into new opportunities whenever they arise, instead of missing out on them due to a poorly performing network.
In today’s cloud-focused age, the ability to function optimally hinges on the performance and reliability of your internet connection. That’s why you should always have the fastest and latest technology available — preferably fiber optic. However, to make the most out of ultra-fast internet, you may need a hardware and infrastructure upgrade, too.
#3. Wireless coverage is poor
Workforce mobility is no longer just a luxury — it’s the new norm and the future of work in an increasingly connected world. Many employees are already accustomed to bringing their own devices to work and most portable devices can only connect wirelessly. If your Wi-Fi coverage is spotty and performance is poor, you’ll need to do something about it.
To maximize wireless networking performance, you’ll need to ensure all routers, access points, and networking devices can support the latest wireless-ac protocol. This provides substantially better performance, reliability, and coverage over its predecessors. You can also extend your network coverage by strategically installing access points and using powerline networking, which uses the electrical cabling in your office to extend your network.
#4. You’ve suffered a cyberattack
Every business, no matter its size or industry, is a potential target for cyberattacks. Although most cyberattacks begin with a social engineering scam, some target vulnerabilities in network infrastructure. For example, the KRACK vulnerability in WPA2-secured wireless networks can allow hackers to access a network without knowing the passkey. Another common risk comes from mobile workers connecting to cloud-hosted business resources via unsecured wireless networks.
If your business has suffered a cyberattack, the very first thing to do is isolate all compromised systems and have them disconnected from the network. Only then can you begin remediation strategies and identifying the exact source of the problem. If social engineering isn’t to blame, it may be that your network is in desperate need of an upgrade.
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