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Checklist to upgrade your network's performance
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of September 2017, Vol. 8, No. 7
There are two key elements to look for when deciding to upgrade your network. The first is additional throughput, with more, of course, always being better. Upgrades from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps and then 1,000 Megabit Ethernet have essentially defined the major advances in networking and justified the expenditures involved. The second item on a network upgrade checklist is security, which, by its very nature, remains a moving target and the one area of IT where no one is ever truly done. No matter: A network that isn't secure isn't really a network at all -- it's an invitation to disaster. But it's not enough to think of a simple checklist of replacements and additions when you decide to upgrade your network. Here are some other considerations that have achieved an equal footing with throughput and security in driving the evolution of today's organizational networks. Automated management and operations We've benefited from continual advances in automating the management and operations of networks in recent years, with such ...
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Need to upgrade your network's performance? This checklist includes more than just security and improved throughput.