What to Expect from a LAN3 Network Assessment

Written by: Paul Sweeney | February 11, 2019

The perception sometimes exists that once you’ve put in a network, it can just be left to run on its own.

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The problem is, those same corporations typically trend in high staff turnover or lack of internal specialisation, meaning that when network problems occur, they tend to go unnoticed by the untrained eye. As you can imagine, problems around connectivity and security are never far behind. This is where a network assessment becomes valuable.

What is a network assessment?

 

The main function of a network assessment is to look through your onsite network infrastructure, either wired or wireless, catalogue it and monitor how everything is performing.

Equipped with these findings, we can work alongside your technical team to provide a strong list of actions, priorities, and the consequences of not fixing these issues, so that you can make as strong a case as possible for addressing these issues and improving the overall network performance going forwards.

How does LAN3’s network assessment work?

 

  1. To accurately monitor your IT infrastructure and build up a picture of your network performance, we initially install a monitoring server on your network using a system called Auvik.

  2. Auvik inspects your network and automatically gathers data about how devices are performing. This data is also used to produce alerts and flag any particular incidents. Auvik backs up the configuration and starts to build topology maps to provide an understanding of how the network is structured and how everything is connected. Typically, Auvik runs on your network for 30 days.

  3. As the data is gathered, we can embed it into a detailed report offering you a strong overview of your network, showing how everything is structured from a physical and topological point of view, and providing you with a list of your hardware and firmware systems. This information can also be monitored to announce if any systems are approaching (or have already become) ‘end of life’ and need replacing or updating.

  4. The rest of the report continues to look at the analysis aspect and the design of the network. An in-depth examination of the individual aspects of the configuration can be compared to networking best practices, highlighting further opportunities for improving your network.

Finally, the report is concluded with a brief shopping list of those improvements in order of priority. We communicate with your technical team to aid in supporting their case for these.

Your input leads to a greater output

 

You might think your network is running smoothly on its own, but the reality is, small errors and multiple inefficiencies will appear over time. If you haven’t reviewed your network performance recently, many such cracks could already be appearing. We can help.

Since 2008, our technicians have worked with our customers to design, install, and assess hundreds of successful networks. By providing us with full access to your configuration, you’re ensuring a thorough and efficient network assessment. The more access we have to your network, the more insight we’ll be able to offer you into what’s working — and what isn’t.

Whether you’re looking to review the network as a whole, conduct a hardware refresh, or implement major changes, we’ll work alongside your technical department to wipe all your problems at the same time, reducing your workload and improving your network’s ability to do what it does best — serving the needs of your organisation.

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