Top 5 Tips For Building A Failsafe Network

It’s a headache that nearly every network admin has dealt with: A critical server is down, the helpdesk phone is ringing off the hook, and you’re doing everything in your power to contain the pandemonium and fix the issue. Each time something like this takes place, you think to yourself, “Next time, it’ll be different. Next time, this won’t happen.”

The only way to assure that is to respond proactively, and build a network that is completely failsafe. With this type of critical resource in place, employees can always access the applications and assets they need, and you can rest easy knowing that your network is robust and free from performance-robbing issues.

Today, we’ll take a look at the top five things you can do to establish a failsafe network in your company.

1) Know the landscape – Map your network

The first step in creating a failsafe network is knowing what equipment is included in your business’s computing landscape. Without a full understanding of what servers, components and other assets are running, it’s near impossible to prevent failure in every one of these moving pieces. There are several tools available today that can help IT admins easily and painlessly map their network, making any subsequent adjustments and improvements much more streamlined and successful in the long run.

A network failure creates headaches for everyone at the company, especially IT team members.
A network failure creates headaches for everyone at the company, especially IT team members.

2) Monitor all types of traffic

In addition to having a map handy, today’s network architects should also be able to identify and monitor the different types of traffic traveling within the network. This includes data packets associated with critical applications like VoIP, video conferencing and essential data bases, as well as less important traffic like personal Web browsing.

This makes it possible for the IT team to prioritize certain types of data packets over others, ensuring that the traffic connected with mission-critical operations always has the support it needs for top-notch performance. While this prioritization requires a specialized solution, it can go a long way toward preventing network failures. More to come on this topic later in the article.

3) Have multiple, diverse connections in place

A completely failsafe network should also include multiple, diverse connections to ensure that there is always a robust path available for critical traffic. However, this doesn’t mean that your business has to pay for an additional T1 line or more bandwidth simply to have as backup. New strategies make it possible to leverage all types of available connections – from MPLS to broadband Internet – continuously for the best critical application performance possible. This not only supports optimal network activity, but makes the additional connections well worth the investment.

4) Consider emerging solutions and new technologies

In addition to these tips, Baseline Magazine suggested that network admins keep an open mind when it comes to new technologies, and look to investigate and review those that might make a difference for the company. This certainly doesn’t mean the IT team should dismantle and replace the entire network every time an exciting new solution comes out, however.

“You can rest easy knowing that your network is free from performance-robbing issues.”

“But we do recommend a careful analysis of new and emerging technologies that might help your organization achieve its business goals,” Baseline Magazine stated. “You can start with a pilot or prototype to thoroughly test a new technology to be sure that its benefits will outweigh any growing pains.”

5) Leverage an SD-WAN solution

One of the best ways to establish a failsafe network is to utilize an SD-WAN solution like Talari’s. This technology works by continuously measuring key network metrics for every network connection and path, including availability, latency, jitter and packet loss. These insights, combined with the company’s customized routing protocols, help the SD-WAN select the best route for each and every packet.

To find out more, contact Talari for a custom demonstration of its industry-leading SD-WAN solution today.

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Application Performance/Application Quality, IT Challenges, Network Reliability, Business Continuity, Internet as WAN (MPLS Alternatives)