Networking Solutions

At Express IT Solutions, (EITS)  networking is all about people being optimally productive.  It isn’t just hardware, it’s also the software and how an organization manages their network.  People often call it the “network fabric”.  Without the network, nothing works and if the network is not working well or managed well, the network and people just won’t work well.  If you’re experiencing people and or computing slow-down issues, the slow-down might not be a computer or people problem but in actuality a network problem.  Express IT Solutions secret to success is a holistic- approach (needs based) to networking and computing where both hardware and software are leveraged to create highly-available, high- capacity networks.  We believe so strong in this recipe that Express IT Solutions does not sell equipment.  This means we are one of the very few that is not biased nor held captive to the demands of other “preferred providers” (sometimes called partners) that make their money by placing hardware in volume.  Express IT Solutions does not sell any hardware.  This means for our clientele that Express IT Solutions always has their clients best interest in mind.   This is the vision of Express IT Solutions and the reason why our clients choose us for advisory when it comes to their IT even over the other much larger firms.  It’s been said that many of the recent computer hacks that have cost Fortune companies millions could have been prevented with a $5.00 tweak and if this is true in your case it is all you will be charged.

If by chance your company utilizes “Cisco” equipment or other equipment from other sellers like; Juniper, Netgear, Dell, HP, etc…there are a million sellers and what matters isn’t the one selling the product, rather the hardware the seller is selling.  For example, we often have clients say things like “well we have a “gigabit switch” and therefore we should see speeds of a gigabit.  Our computers  are connected at a “gigabit” so that can’t be the problem”.  Again; what’s interesting here is that anything can link up at a gigabit BUT if the “backplane” on the switch (sometimes called the “switch fabric”) can’t handle pushing that amount of traffic when all the ports are lit up, in reality one can actually see a significant slow-down not realizing a full gigabit worth of throughput so things will seem slow.  We’ve discussed “bandwidth” in a blog post about the subject and how many “systems sellers” misunderstand a simple concept like bandwidth.  In a nutshell, this is a prime example of a seller selling something that is not needed.

It’s important to remember that many sellers have price-points, and volume requirements to be a “preferred product seller (sometimes called partner), in order to achieve certain price-points which thereby ushers in marketing hype just like our “gigabit-switch” example.  A gigabit-switch doesn’t mean it has switch fabric capacity to push heavy loads and if you use applications like QuickBooks, Act, Sage 100/200, etc., and/or and special desktop applications specific to your industry…and it seems “slow” it quite possibly is and could well be that the core switch or network doesn’t have capacity in the switch fabric to push the large traffic volumes through fast enough.  In other words, the client bought equipment it didn’t need and needs equipment it doesn’t have.  At Express IT Solutions we understand holistically (needs based), that there are other things that affect performance like computer-processor speed, computer-memory (RAM), disk or hard drive latency, and/or that perhaps the server isn’t configured optimally as is the case because many firms build database servers.

Know this, that if you’re experiencing slowness or issues there is a reason!  Express IT Solutions (EITS) is the best to find the issue.  What others find as problems Express IT Solutions (EITS) sees as opportunities that when discovered leads to total optimization for our clientele.

Tags: Network Security, Networking, Systems Security, IT Security, Routers, Firewalls, VLans, Switches, Bandwidth, Network Capacity, Antivirus, Group Policy, Windows, Linux, Mac, Active Directory, Kalamazoo, Portage, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Michigan


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