The telephone switchboards of days long gone have given way to almost immeasurable technological advancements that get more and more powerful each day. For example, the physical act of plugging a jack into a port to connect a phone call has given way to devices that include high-speed switches designed to handle the resource-hungry networking needs of companies and college campuses.
Brocade equipment offers solutions to even the most demanding networking needs. Switches from Brocade will meet the needs of increased data access and storage as cloud and mobile computing continues to expand. The pitfalls of not having technology able to manage these various tasks could spell disaster for your organization and damage your reputation.
For those in the IT sector who fail to consider the implications of a network pushed to the limit, a recent Inside Higher Education article explored the reality of tens of thousands of devices capable of accessing the Internet at the same time. Not only were students and staff at one college upset about poor Wi-Fi speeds, but they expected everything to work like it does at home where a half-dozen devices are connected to the home network – not thousands. A chief information officer interviewed for the piece said the pressure placed upon him included not overspending allotted amounts for system upgrades while simply buying new tech once the old devices burned out or became outdated.
Let’s now consider the ramifications of a network crash at your place of work. Some industry experts say that monitoring software could be used to prevent such an event but once your network goes down, the hard task of restarting everything begins. In the meantime, productivity goes out the window. If you run an online business, that means a major decrease in sales – as in none whatsoever. The October 2016 denial of service attack that took out Internet access across the East Coast should serve as a reminder of what descending into darkness without the world wide web would look like.
While these are dire situations, we hope you’ll take the possibility to heart. There may be signs that will help you recognize an overburdened network but it’s possible to prevent that form ever occurring by investing in quality technology. For more information on Brocade equipment, call 1-248-266-8800.