As your enterprise grows, so does your need for bandwidth. And while that T-1 worked great when your company was really small, you're now finding that the circuit(s) that supported you then are no longer getting the job done.
Fortunately, there are multiple options for upgrading your bandwidth, and one of the more popular options is ethernet-based connectivity. Ethernet supports a lot of applications and uses, and it's typically very flexible as well. But like any network migration, moving to ethernet takes planning and foresight. To help you in your migration to ethernet, NCA Carrier and IP Solutions has put together some tips for you to consider.
- Make sure your routers and switches have the right physical interfaces. It seems like a basic point, but it's often overlooked. Because the ethernet connection will almost certainly be a different physical circuit and interface (think fiber vs. copper, and RJ-45 vs. T1), it's important to make sure that your equipment either has the necessary physical connections now, or can add them. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can help you procure and configure the right equipment as needed.
- Make sure your equipment can handle the larger bandwidth. Even if your equipment can support the physical interface, make sure it can support the new levels of throughput. Many devices that handle T1-sized traffic may not be able to support 10Mbps of traffic, much less 100Mbps.
- Confirm the inside wiring in your building and office. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can perform an inspection of your facility, to make sure that the connection between the provider demarcation point and your gear can support ethernet, and provide wiring services if it doesn't.
- If you haven't already, consider implementing NAT. Chances are that you're already using Network Address Translation, or NAT for your network. This allows you to maintain your public IP addresses on the external interfaces of your routers, and non-public IP addresses on the internal network. This helps from a security standpoint, and it makes it much easier to transition between different network providers and network types.
- Have a fail-back plan, if something happens. There's always the chance that something will happen during the cutover. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions will help you design an approach to mitigate migration issues before they occur.
- Make sure you understand your rates and charges. You may be moving up to just a few Mbps to start, but chances are that you'll eventually grow your ethernet bandwidth as well. NCA Carrier and IP Solutions will help you understand the complete rate structure for the new network.
- Make sure you don't pay for too much too soon. It's tempting to sign up for a huge upgrade when you first move to ethernet. But those charges have a way of piling fast, so only pay for what you need now.
- Start Planning for additional applications. Ethernet makes a lot of applications possible, from Voice over IP to videoconferncing. You've got a lot more flexibility now, and ways to support your business, and NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can help you figure out how to maximize your investment.
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NCA Carrier and IP Solutions specializes in network architecture and the design of networks to support both your current needs and your future plans. Our staff of engineering professionals provide both the professional and managed services to support your network evolution, and we'll grow with you. If you'd like to see how NCA Carrier and IP Solutions can support your network evolution, contact us today.