Choosing Right Office Network Solutions for Small Businesses
Guest Post by Amanda: Work can only be done as fast as your network will process information. The webinar or video conference you are hosting is going to lag severely unless you have enough bandwidth to go around. A business will be seen as less than professional if it is difficult to send information in a timely manner. What are some ways to avoid this?
Make Your Network Faster
Any company that wants to do work faster needs to create a faster network. One way this can be accomplished is through a MPLS system. It transfers the information through the network using a technique called label switching. The router takes the data from the network, puts a new label on it and sends it on the shortest path possible.
Expand Your Capabilities
Virtual private networks are great ways to make your network faster and larger. VPN’s can be accessed from almost anywhere. There is no need to physically be at the office to connect to the network. This allows for more people to be on the network at the same time. Encryption technology allows a VPN to add a layer of security to company communications.
You can add a secure socket layer to your messages to make sure no one sees your sensitive company information. The SSL is commonly used on most web browsing and email applications. This will ensure that any communications made over the company network will have some layer of security. This includes email that originates from an address that is not related to the company. For example, an employee may email his boss from his own email address.
What Does This All Mean
Quite simply, it means your network is going to be faster, larger and more secure. VPN, SSL, and MPLS systems are great solutions when it comes to the problems faced by businesses today. Smaller companies can use a VPN to allow salespeople to check in when they are busy making deals outside the office. Business owners don’t have to worry about a competitor getting his hands on a private email. Conferences conducted over the Internet will run smoother and easier. These are all tangible results from using these systems.
Have your IT staff implement these systems as soon as possible. If you don’t have an IT staff, you can have your cable company help you out. There is no excuse for not taking advantage of modern networking solutions.