Network infrastructure refers to the hardware and software resources of an entire network that enable network connectivity, communication, operations and management of an enterprise network.
Network infrastructure provides the communication path and services between users, processes, applications, services and external networks/the Internet.
A typical network infrastructure includes:
◦ LAN cards
◦ Wireless routers
◦ Network operations and management
◦ Operating systems
◦ Network security applications
At ECS, we connect you with an integrated networking platform that is built for management. Cisco Meraki cloud networking allows for centralized management, visibility and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay management software. With deployment that is simple and quick, you can ensure that your Cloud management needs are effortlessly met.
Proven in mission critical and security conscious customer deployments, we have helped countless companies ensure that their Cisco Meraki wireless solution is highly reliable and high performing. Cisco Meraki allows for rapid deployment in your environment with self-provisioning, self-optimizing hardware, as well as entire control of applications, users and devices. With built-in, multi-site management, and automatic monitoring and alerts, your network is always up-to-date and working seamlessly.
It’s no secret that better collaboration leads to increased profitability. Studies show that up to one-half of business productivity is related to how well employees work together. But powering collaboration across a company isn’t easy. IT now has to consider how and where employees work, and what devices and applications they use to get their work done. And they must balance those needs with company priorities like security and manageability.
ECS can provide you with a customizable collaboration solution that solves the communication needs of organizations like yours. We can it easy for your employees to stay productive anywhere, using the industry’s best collaboration features - all from a single platform. Centralized management simplifies your operations and helps you use IT resources more effectively. It helps you do more with less by consolidating multiple collaboration systems into one platform that takes less time to manage and maintain and less space and power, and is less expensive to own.
Network security refers to any activities designed to protect your network. Specifically, these activities protect the usability, reliability, integrity, and safety of your network and data. Effective network security targets a variety of threats and stops them from entering or spreading on your network.
Many network security threats today are spread over the Internet. The most common include:
•Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
•Spyware and adware
•Zero-day attacks, also called zero-hour attacks
•Denial of service attacks
•Data interception and theft
No single solution protects you from a variety of threats. You need multiple layers of security. If one fails, others still stand. Network security is accomplished through hardware and software. The software must be constantly updated and managed to protect you from emerging threats.
A network security system usually consists of many components. Ideally, all components work together, which minimizes maintenance and improves security.
Network security components often include:
•Anti-virus and anti-spyware
•Firewall, to block unauthorized access to your network
•Intrusion prevention systems (IPS), to identify fast-spreading threats, such as zero-day or zero-hour attacks
•Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), to provide secure remote access
A firewall is a network security system, either hardware- or software-based, that controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on a set of rules.
Acting as a barrier between a trusted network and other untrusted networks -- such as the Internet -- or less-trusted networks -- such as a retail merchant's network outside of a cardholder data environment -- a firewall controls access to the resources of a network through a positive control model. This means that the only traffic allowed onto the network defined in the firewall policy is; all other traffic is denied.
Content filtering involves using a program to prevent access to certain items, which may be harmful if opened or accessed. The most common items to filter are executables, emails or websites. Content filters can be implemented either as software or via a hardware-based solution.
What is virtualization? Simply put, it’s the process of creating a virtual, rather than physical, version of something. Virtualization can apply to computers, operating systems, storage devices, applications, or networks. However, server virtualization is at the heart of it.
IT organizations are challenged by the limitations of today’s x86 servers, which are designed to run just one operating system and application at a time. As a result, even small data centers have to deploy many servers, each operating at just 5 to 15 percent of capacity—highly inefficient by any standard.
Virtualization uses software to simulate the existence of hardware and create a virtual computer system. Doing this allows businesses to run more than one virtual system – and multiple operating systems and applications -- on a single server. This can provide businesses with greater efficiency.
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60% of IT costs are dedicated to infrastructure projects and operations. Planning and controlling these expenses while preparing for the future is a big challenge facing organizations today. Communications, infrastructure, networking, server, storage and virtualization technologies are all converging and becoming integrated platforms. Sometimes you just need the right partner with the experience and certifications to get the job done so you can focus on the day-to-day initiatives.