Benchmarking Your Network Performance

As organizations come to rely more on network performance for daily business functions, it’s essential to know how well your network is performing. A simple network test or ping test can tell you what your upload and download speed is at a given moment. However, without a baseline or benchmark to compare it to, you […]

VoIP Troubleshooting

While Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telecom systems have been around for years, they still encounter issues from time to time. VoIP systems rely on the internet and are therefore vulnerable to interruption or outage when network issues occur, such as latency, packet loss and jitter. When you run into issues that take down one of the main […]

Is Cisco StackWise the Right Virtualization Technology for You

Recently, we’ve discussed the pros and cons of virtualization, how it compares to the cloud, and how to plan for it. In this post, we’ll explore Cisco’s StackWise Virtual technology; what it is, how it works, and whether it’s right for your enterprise. So, What Is It? The StackWise technology has been around for some […]

Is the Enterprise Due for a Linux Takeover

Linux has gained a strong following for being open source and customizable, but when we think of the enterprise, it’s Windows that comes to mind. Red Hat is changing that. Microsoft’s operating system has been dominant in the enterprise space since the 1990s, but behind the scenes, Linux, and especially Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), […]

How to Maintain Your Enterprise Network Hardware

Regular maintenance of your enterprise network equipment will keep each device running efficiently, prevent failure, and increase its lifespan. Plus, the increased uptime of well-maintained network equipment saves time and money. Your staff saves time by avoiding frequent troubleshooting and repairs, while your company saves money by getting the most out of their hardware investment. […]

Why You Should Simplify Your Network

A network is more than a complex interconnection of routers, switches and load balancers, other endpoints, like data, devices, infrastructure and, most importantly, people. Network complexity can be measured by the number of endpoints, connections between endpoints and the flow of information as it performs business functions. The more endpoints, connections, and data that needs […]

What You Need to Know About Network Auditing

Regularly auditing or assessing your network can help you keep track of inventory and determine how well your network is working. A network audit will comprehensively review your network, network devices and other equipment (servers, desktop computers, firewalls, etc.) for the following things: Hardware Inventory Software Inventory Security Vulnerabilities Patch Management Compliance If your business […]

400G Networking: What You Need to Know

Move over 100G, 400G is here! Just as we’ve become accustomed to (or are still waiting for) the power of 100G or 200G, vendors began premiering 400G capabilities and networking equipment last year. Our insatiable hunger for bandwidth has led us to constantly push for more to power our video and on-demand consumption. The rise […]

Best Ways to Avoid IP Fragmentation

IP fragmentation occurs when packets are broken up into smaller pieces (fragments) so they can pass through a link at a smaller maximum transmission unit (MTU) than the original (larger) packet size. The fragments are then put back together by the host receiving them, or destination host. IP fragmentation can cause problems when fragments are […]