Local area networks (LAN and Wi-Fi) are decisive factors in the ups and downs of IT performance, alongside the computer center. But running the LAN infrastructure requires considerable staff and financial resources. T-Systems takes over this task on request and guarantees success with its SLA (service level agreement). This arrangement gives companies security and facilitates a high-performing company network.
IT employees can breathe a sigh of relief. With managed LAN services, T-Systems takes over all tasks around the active components of the company network. T-Systems configures ports and Wi-Fi access points. As well as this, the managed service contractor provides the necessary hard- and software, including IT services. Services like proactive monitoring and technical reporting are of course also included in the agreed all-round and care-free SLA service.
Cloud services are also growing in significance. T-Systems has recognized this and offers a network solution controlled completely by the cloud, which ensures secure connectivity. The network is very easy to statt administer through a cloud-hosted centralized platform and an intuitive browser-based dashboard. The solution is perfect for everything from very small to very large installations. Special advantages result from distributed architectures, where a simple replication of configurations is necessary, such as in stores. A cloud-based management system enables simple roll-out scenarios, quick and uncomplicated device exchanges or comprehensive configuration changes in stores without a large hassle.
Networks are required to have an increasingly high capacity. Cloud computing and wireless bandwidth-intensive applications such as video, machine-to-machine communication, and big data present a challenge for local area networks. This is because each form of data traffic starts and ends its journey in local area networks.
But those local area networks are always made up of heterogeneous network structures. Many companies have managed their networks poorly in the past, and at best, switched out individual parts such as switches or wireless components to maintain their connection. But watch out: botched LAN maintenance can strike a critical blow to business success.
Particularly for international companies, a heterogeneous infrastructure for the local network is a common scenario. Due to mergers and acquisitions, additional local area networks often come into play, often with a design that is different to the existing network.
Malfunctions in heterogeneous LAN environments can instantaneously cripple a company. Then servers and storage are also affected. The complex search for the error in such situations, often with historically-developed LANs, costs time, money, and nerves. Managed LAN services reduce the amount of malfunctions and simplify operation and trouble-shooting when malfunctions occur.
Generally, LANs are made up of three layers: the access layer, distribution layer, and core layer. Depending on the number of employees in the company and the attached devices as well as the room size, there can be hundreds or even thousands of LAN components in a single company network. Manual management of such landscapes without an experienced LAN operator's expertise is essentially impossible.