As more business systems are operated in the cloud, today’s networks support more traffic than ever. Virtually all employees have Internet of Things- (IoT) powered devices and because of telecommunication, more employees access corporate data from more devices and at different places.
With all these strains on a business’s network, a few slips are inevitable. Here’s a list of the most common challenges to an efficient business network.
- Poor network performance
Problem: Poor network performance is possibly the greatest network problem that businesses face. The influx of traffic from all directions takes up network capacity and diminishes performance. If your business doesn’t have the right equipment at endpoints and midpoints of the data transmission, your applications won’t have the high-speed communication signal that they need.
Solution: Your network should be designed in such a way that it can handle spikes in its load, provide alternative routes to data, and be able to power through even after a network link failure. Adding artificial intelligence (AI) to both wired and wireless networks will help them optimize traffic delivery to limit your network cost and improve the quality of the service.
- Data security
Problem: Devices that are internet-connected can communicate with one another, making the perimeter of your network quite unclear. This means blocking unauthorized traffic from your internal network is not enough to protect your data.
Besides the obvious ways of penetrating a network, there are newer and more efficient ways for cybercriminals to infiltrate your network and steal your data, such as sending phishing emails or infecting one of your computers with malware.
Solution: One way to address this is through encryption; however, encryption also makes network traffic less transparent to your own security people and monitoring systems. Security sockets layer (SSL) encryption can improve data privacy on the end-user side, but it blocks packet visibility security tools that keep your network safe. In effect, your security tools can make traffic monitoring difficult. Thankfully, you can still keep your encrypted traffic visible by decrypting it before you do security analyses.
Do keep in mind that all your network security tools must work seamlessly together. This can be done by hiring a managed IT services provider (MSP) like Netcom Solutions. Not only will they optimize your security tools, but they’ll also monitor and manage your data 24/7/365 to ward off cyberattacks.
- Internet protocol (IP) conflicts
Problem: Windows ensures that only one IP address per device has a place on the network at once, but sometimes, two devices are assigned the same address. As a result, the network might block one of the devices, preventing user access to protected files and causing network lag not only for the conflicting device but for all connected machines.
Solution: You can reconfigure your dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) — a protocol for assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network — to ensure that static IP addresses are excluded from the pool. This way, IP addresses are reconfigured appropriately, and all machines on the network can get proper access to the files and data that they need.
- Poor Voice over IP (VoIP) quality
Problem: VoIP is an effective collaboration tool, but productivity and communication issues can stem from stutters and delays. These include difficulties in faxing documents, incompatible debit and credit terminals, and insufficient bandwidth to support VoIP effectively.
Solution: Issues in VoIP quality can be solved by installing jitter buffers in your network. Jitter buffers cache VoIP packets and allow them to be accessed during a call for a smooth stream. What’s more, they are inexpensive to install and can be tailored to your network needs.
You’ll also want to address the problem of packet loss. It is one of the major causes of audio and video stutters and can easily be solved by keeping your codecs and drivers up to date. This means you need a new playback codec with a packet loss concealment feature.
Can your business cope with these top network challenges? Netcom Solutions provides prompt and professional network support services to businesses from virtually all industries across Miramar, Coral Gables, and Miami. Our expert engineers work closely with our clients to provide quick resolution to issues and outstanding customer service. If you want solutions for your network problems, call us today.
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