Top 5 Tips for Building a Fail-Safe Network

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Monitor All Types of Traffic

In addition to having a map handy, today's network architects should also be able to identify and monitor the different types of traffic traveling within the network. This includes data packets associated with critical applications like VoIP, videoconferencing and essential databases, as well as less important traffic like personal web browsing.

This makes it possible for the IT team to prioritize certain types of data packets over others, ensuring that the traffic connected with mission-critical operations always has the support it needs for top-notch performance. While this prioritization requires a specialized solution, it can go a long way toward preventing network failures.

It's a headache that nearly every network admin has dealt with: A critical server is down, the helpdesk phone is ringing off the hook, and you're doing everything in your power to contain the pandemonium and fix the issue. Each time something like this takes place, you think to yourself, "Next time, it'll be different. Next time, this won't happen."

The only way to assure that is to respond proactively, and build a network that is completely fail-safe. With this type of critical resource in place, employees can always access the applications and assets they need, and you can rest easy knowing that your network is robust and free from performance-robbing issues.

In this slideshow, Neil Abogado, Talari Networks, looks at the top five things you can do to establish a fail-safe network in your company.

 

Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

 
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