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          Network Optimization: Performance Upgrades

          Today's Network Requirements

          Are You Ready?

          Your business environment requires a network that can support VoIP, real-time video, dynamic content, server, storage and client virtualization, and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Today’s IT pros are challenged to build a network to handle these emerging technologies and support an increasingly mobile workforce, all while under constant pressure to cut costs.

          As bottlenecks affect performance and user productivity, you can increase bandwidth or decrease congestion. Removing applications and restricting growth is counterproductive. Increasing bandwidth is costly, and at some point you’ll run into a hard limit. Fortunately there are more efficient ways to use your existing bandwidth. Optimizing your network allows you to extend the life of your existing IT equipment while improving service levels—delivering significant cost savings.

          Building a Network for the Future

          • Demonstrating the value of network upgrades and their pivotal role in supporting future technologies will help your project proposal get the attention it deserves. Scalability, security, and management are three key areas to focus on when upgrading your network. Investments here will add value and open doors to new technologies without consuming your entire budget.
          • For example, implementing virtualization allows you to throttle supply to meet demand. This technology requires a network capable of delivering high availability, and low-latency performance so you’ll want to consider your network’s readiness when planning for virtualization and build upgrades into your business case and budget.
           
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