Planning the Network... Or

Let’s chat “Network Planning”. What is it, you ask? Well, it’s a process that encompasses topological design, network-synthesis, and network realization, and is aimed at ensuring that a new telecommunications network or service meets the needs of the subscriber and operator. Luckily, the process can be tailored according to each new network or service, which means WE tailor it specifically to YOU! Exciting huh?

Traditionally, there are five layers of planning; business planning, long-term and medium-term network planning, short-term planning, IT asset sourcing, and operations and maintenance. Each layer plays out on different timelines, and has a different “busy period” if you will. For example, the business playing layer determines planning that must be performed by the operator, ensuring the network performs as required for it’s planed life-span, however the operations and maintenance layers will focus more on how things are run day-to-day.

To go a littler more in depth on what the network planning process involves, let me throw three terms at you; topological design, network-synthesis, and network realization. Remember those from above? No, there won’t be a quiz at the end of this, BUT you probably should still recognize these words as an intricate part of the plan.

Now, let’s be honest. Before we even begin to design any type of network, you first have to determine your needs. What services MUST you (the business) provide to your user (customer)? What are the resources you will need? If you end up needing to compromise, what will you do to ensure you still meet the users need, or at least satisfy the majority of your users? Following that, things like speed, security, protocols and such need to be taken into consideration, not to mention creating a new network can consume a majority of your time trying to consider licensing as well as other financial costs you may endure…

So why use us for a network design? At Olive Branch IT, we can design and build a completely integrated network infrastructure with multiple servers and workstations, and voice over IP phone systems from the ground up and customized to the type of business that you are running. Or, we can simply maintain the needs of your network with computer repair, virus removal and hardware changes; in other words, just take care of the day to day needs of the modern business information technology. There are always many different business solutions to choose from! It is our goal to make sure your business has all the proper systems in place to utilize the technology available to you. Although we may make suggestions and strongly support certain options, if you feel a different option or different route may work better for your business, then we WILL support you in the decision you make. 100%. To make sure all the equipment is delivered, tested and configured in a timely fashion, we will consult with you on every step and work around your schedule to minimize disturbances.

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