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5 Steps to Managing Your Network

When it comes to managing your network, there are a lot of things that you have to carefully consider. In fact, it can sometimes become a very complex world that you are forced to operate within. Thanks in large part to the fact that technology is able to change at such a rapid rate, it becomes difficult to properly manage your network when the only thing that you have to worry about is keeping up with new trends in emerging technology. Things become even more difficult when you are forced to deal with real world situations that involve people attempting to hack into your system as well as other issues that have a direct impact on the ability of your network to function the way it is supposed to. When all of these things are combined, it can sometimes seem as though you are fighting an uphill battle.


Fortunately, there are five steps to managing your network that will help you gain better control of it and keep valuable information from falling into the wrong hands.

1) Security

The security of your network is the primary issue that you have to worry about. It becomes more and more difficult to ensure that you have a secure network because individuals that are attempting to get information that is not their own are getting smarter about the ways that they go about stealing this information. This forces you to constantly make adjustments in order to keep your network secure and having multiple layers of security. The idea is that even if someone breaks through the first layer or two, they will not be able to get through all of the layers. In addition, the information contained must be encrypted.

2) Performance

If your network is unable to perform at a high level, you will not be able to do the things that you need to do with it. This constitutes poor management of the network. Therefore, it is necessary that the network be designed so that it is able to perform at its optimum level at all times. Of course, things will affect its performance such as the amount of information that is stored and even the levels of security that you have installed. However, it is important that the network is able to handle the traffic that it will see or performance will suffer. 

3) Reliability

Network reliability is often a problem. Networks have a tendency to crash. Sometimes it is because of a problem with hardware or software and sometimes it is the direct result of someone that has hacked into the system. The most important thing that you have to remember is that you should build a network and then manage it effectively so that it is as reliable as possible. In addition, ensure that information is backed up and stored separately so that when the inevitable crash does occur, all of the information is not lost permanently.

4) Easy Programming

When you are programming a network, it is important to keep everything as simple as possible. You want to be able to manage the network without spending a lot of time in the process. This requires that the system be designed in such a way that only the necessary steps are taken to ensure that it is secure and that it performs well. Fancy bells and whistles can wait.

5) Interoperability

One of the most difficult difficult things to do when it comes to managing a network is to ensure that interoperability exists. You want to be able to share information back and forth between other trusted networks but this is only possible if the network is managed in a fashion that allows it to be interoperable with those networks. Again, this really comes down to programming and ensuring that the system was designed with this in mind from the very beginning.

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After multiple failed startups, and a few that stuck, Xander Schofield has learned a lot. Schofield spends his time consulting tech startups toward success. When he’s not writing or consulting, Xander can be found walking on the beach with his beautiful wife and two french bulldogs.

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