February 2017, a tech worker at a global cloud services provider inadvertently
made a typo in a command line, taking several servers offline for four hours.
This mistake cost S&P 500 companies approximately $150 million and U.S.
financial-service companies $160 million in lost revenue.
CLICK TO TWEET: Jason Reasor provides you with four ways to help improve your overall network reliability.
network failures like this make the headlines; however, the real damage is done
by the smaller daily issues that consume the IT department’s time and
resources. For example, the wireless network goes down for a few hours, taking
productivity down with it. Another example is a bad server connection knocks
the CRM off line, leading to a line of disgruntled marketing folks knocking on
none of these are catastrophic, you can’t ignore them. Each incident requires
IT personnel and resources to locate, identify and resolve the issue. It’s like
death by 1,000 cuts. The question is: how do you minimize the damage? You start
with the physical layer infrastructure.
it comes to diagnosing an outage, more times than not, the structured cabling network
is ground zero. Given the rampant growth in the enterprise network, there’s
little, if any, room for error. Any patching mistake or cable failure will
cause a problem. The good news is I will provide you with four ways to help improve
your overall network reliability and keep you out of hot water.
Streamline with structured cabling
error—like unplugging the wrong cable—still accounts for a disproportionally
high number of unplanned outages. A structured cabling design streamlines the
network, making it easier to identify, manage and scale the cabling
infrastructure as it grows more congested and complex.
Switch to PoE where possible
deployment continues to ramp up, once-discrete power and data networks are
merging into a single low-power platform featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE). A
by-product of convergence is increased reliability. Because PoE is powered at
the switch, which typically has UPS backup, your connected systems remain
functional and online should you lose power.
Implement automated infrastructure
of the most frustrating things about network or system outages is that you’re
constantly on the defense, trying to diagnose and fix problems after the fact. AIM
solutions monitor the status of every port, device and wired or wireless
connection in real-time. It allows you to be proactive and get out ahead of
issues before they cause problems.
Invest in ubiquitous mobility
relationship between a complete in-building wireless system and network
reliability may not seem obvious; however, this is something you should
consider. As your network’s footprint expands, IT response teams have more
ground to cover. Should an outage occur, a reliable mobile platform with
blanket coverage enables techs—who may be working on the same problem but in
different areas—to communicate and reduce the mean-time-to-repair.
are just a few ways you can use your physical layer to transform network
reliability from a constant concern into a competitive advantage. For a deeper
dive into this issue, we recommend you take our “Realizing
your building’s potential: A more reliable physical layer” webinar.
Below is the schedule for each one:
enterprise LAN has become the nerve center of today’s business. Making sure it
is up and running—every minute of every day—is a priority. At times, you can
feel like you’re walking a tightrope.
is dedicated to ensuring you never fall. Your network has virtually unlimited
potential, and we stand ready to help you realize more of it every day. Let’s make the most of it.