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A network assessment provides a quick snapshot of the current network with an examination of the infrastructure, performance, availability, management and security. This is conducted after we have finished the business and design requirements of the company.
A Network Assessment is done to provide a baseline of your network, both LAN and WAN. Over time all network deployments develop problems. Network Analysis is imperative to companies of all sizes. When providing an assessment, we can use the findings that our certified engineers collect as a baseline, pinpointing existing issues and make recommendations for change. A network assessment provides a quick snapshot of the current network with an examination of the infrastructure, performance, availability, management and security.
Network Assessment Components
The current network is examined using five primary surveys:
When the surveys are completed, the information collected is then reviewed for trends, problems and issues that are negatively affecting the network. The surveys are reviewed and compared with best practices, business requirements and design requirements. The results from the analysis are then utilized to develop specific recommendations that focus on design, equipment configuration, security and network management strategy improvements. The information is also used to support the design process.
Results from the current infrastructure assessment should be analyzed to determine potential issues with the current infrastructure. Equipment information, application types, IOS versions, topologies and circuits could affect design and implementation.
The performance assessment identifies any problems with specific campus and WAN segments, devices, servers and enterprise circuits. Traffic analysis should focus on over-utilization issues and errors with those components. The following list describes some typical causes of network performance problems.
Equipment and Circuit Provisioning
Network Device Configuration
Enterprise Design Problems
The various components that affect network availability are considered, since it is a key requirement of many information technologies strategies. Problems with the surveyed groups are identified and the effect that has on company revenues.
Problems with the current network management strategy are identified, as well as how these problems may be affecting current network operations. The current network management strategy will determine what additional processes, applications and events will be required to manage any new implementations.
Network availability is dramatically affected by the current network management strategy.
The development of a security policy and strategy is important to protecting company assets. The company security strategy is considered and problems identified that would affect company operations.
When the network assessment has been completed, the information collected is then reviewed for trends, problems and issues that are having a negative effect on the network. All five assessment groups are reviewed and compared with best practices, business requirements and design requirements. The results are utilized to make recommendations and support the design process.