The network assessment plays an essential role in planning for new network implementations or troubleshooting existing ones. Not having an accurate picture of a network’s capabilities and issues can pose serious problems that could complicate, even undermine, a planned implementation and current employee productivity. Organizations plagued by network issues can also greatly benefit from a network assessment. Testing and analyzing all areas of network performance will uncover underlying causes for each issue. Our system engineers will provide a written objective evaluation and make appropriate recommendations for immediate remediation.
Our Network Assessment gives you a clear picture of your network infrastructure. If your organization is looking to upgrade or expand your network, the first step is to understand the capabilities and shortcomings of your existing network. We can help. Our Network Assessment identifies equipment that needs to be upgraded and reviews performance issues such as bottlenecks. If network issues are uncovered, we can provide remediation plans to fix the problems and optimize your network’s performance.
How a Network Assessment Works
Our Network Assessment is the perfect way to identify network issues or to begin network infrastructure development, expansion, or upgrade discussions. It outlines the key issues that you need to address to ensure a successful implementation and growth.
Our assessment helps you understand how your IT hardware and software work together. We begin by building a network map within Microsoft Visio that graphically depicts your network hardware layout. This will help you plan your network IT budget more effectively.
The hardware and software lifecycle is analyzed and detailed inventory reports are produced. We summarize the devices with performance concerns so that you are able to quickly identify problem areas and bottlenecks. We then finalize the reports and make recommendations for improvements.
Like a puzzle, we bring our talented engineers to your site and help solve the mysteries of your network puzzle.
- Our Network Assessment provides comprehensive documentation to give you an in-depth understanding of the existing environment.
- You can establish a baseline and learn which areas of your infrastructure offer the best investments in order to achieve your desired network performance.
To Optimize, You Must First Analyze
To help you understand the bigger picture, a Network Assessment will:
- Provide a network inventory analysis
- Identify network issues/concerns
- Document the network & review baseline traffic analysis
- Compile and correlate the data collected to provide extensive insight into the network and its performance
What to Expect
- First there is a kickoff call to review documents and schedule your assessment
- Then an engineer validates the data
- Finally we prepare your deliverables and recommendation document and provide an executive review of the findings
- Assessment report
- Visio network topology
- Detailed infrastructure analysis
How do we do it?
- We make an objective review of an organization’s data / voice environment in terms of current functionality, security and disaster recovery/business continuity capabilities
- We also review the network design based upon industry best practices, its current performance and ability to meet the organization’s requirements
- We look at 8 key components of your network infrastructure,
- Assess your environmental conditions,
- Document your network,
- Provide you with documentation to be used as a baseline for future implementations.
Typically, our network assessment will measure and analyze performance of the following:
- Network Devices and Configuration– locations, protocols, vlans etc. information
- Computing Infrastructures– workstations, servers, OSes, capacity issues related to CPU, memory, general performance tuning, etc.
- Network Infrastructures of Sites– switches, routers, hubs, etc.
- Remote Access and VPN– VPN, Terminal Server, Remote Web Workplace, RPC over HTTPS, Outlook Web Access, Mobile devices ( Blackberries, Smart Phones…)
- Security Information– Firewall Configuration and Anti-Virus protection reviewed. Review security of account access on server to ensure data is available on an as needed basis.
- Applications and Services– e-mail, database, web services, antiVirus, backups, etc.
- Live Traffic Considerations– Quality of Service for data
- Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Capabilities– Evaluate recovery time objective and recovery point objective
- IP Telephony Considerations– Feasibility, availability, quality of voice, etc.
- Financial Institution specific requirements