In this episode of MyTechDecisions Podcast, host Jonathan Blackwood speaks with Michael Cocanower, President of itSynergy.
Michael joins us to discuss all of the considerations around networking technology. He explains that there are basically three aspects of the network for end users to think about. The wired network, the wireless network, and site-to-site networks. He also explains the differences between building a network from scratch versus expanding on an existing network.
If you’re moving into a new building or office then you have the ability to build out your network. If you’re expanding functionality or scope of your network in your current environment then there are much different considerations. A provider is going to need to integrate new equipment into existing and legacy equipment in an expansion, while there is less to complicate the process in a build out.
Then there are the little things that people don’t think about. Distance, for example. Cabling under 100 meters can use copper wiring while cabling over 100 meters should use fiber. The speed of your network is another great example – this will determine what standard you use for wiring, whether it be Cat5, Cat6, or some variant. You may want to use 10 GB speed for parts of your network and 1 GB speed for others depending on bandwidth needs and cost.
Luckily, Michael expands on all of these topics in our interview. He explains how to write an RFP so that the IT provider has a clear understanding of the project in order to give a proposal with an accurate bid. Michael stresses the importance of clearly outlining your needs, as well as your current infrastructure for expansion projects. He also explains how to set expectations for ongoing service and training.
Michael has valuable insight from years of experience as an IT provider. I encourage anyone inside or outside of the IT department to listen to the interview in order to gain a better understanding of how networks are built to help companies.
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