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Many Wi-Fi networks have multiple networks running independently of each other, we call these disparate networks and they are a nightmare for IT teams to manage and support.
These disparate networks can be daunting not only because of the tedious and time-consuming tasks they create (i.e. troubleshooting, maintenance) but because they also dry up your budget with costly fixes and unnecessary infrastructure that frankly doesn't give you the performance you need.
If this sounds like you're situation don't panic, there is an answer to your problems. Here's some tips to help you build a powerful unified wireless network.
Managing separate wired and wireless networks, multiple management systems, multiple network operating systems, and chaotic device on-boarding processes is:
- Frustrating to support
- Extremely costly to say the least.
- Makes effective troubleshooting difficult.
- Fails to support your users expectations
Deploying a centralized Wi-Fi management system will give you deep insights into your network helping you optimize locations, processes and ultimately creating a better experience for your users.
Having a unified network means no disparate or separate networks working independently, making common network functions manageable from a single point or dashboard.
Proper Wi-Fi management provides you with:
- Advanced real-time analytics
- Historical and proactive reports/alerts
- Granular usage data detailing what types of devices are being used and exactly where
- Vendor-agnostic support and compatibility
- Reports on exactly how many devices on your network at any given time
- Advanced troubleshooting such as, RF coverage and application performance
Imagine being able to handle functions such as planning, provisioning, configuring, monitoring, handling exceptions, logging and reporting, from one plane--a dream right?
A unified network brings together wired and wireless components, which will then share network elements and services, rather than existing as two separate networks.
This further supports the industry trend of unified networking as a way to deal with a culture that is becoming more and more mobile, accessing networks remotely through different devices, including smartphones and tablets as well as notebook and desktop computers.
The bottom line here is a much-improved efficiency level which will result in lower operational costs.
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Lowering Security Risks
Centralizing the management of your networks can give your team real-time visualization of network operations and will improve response time for recognition and troubleshooting of incidents and threats. With the reduced operational complexity, security risks are also lowered through consistent policy application.
Your organization realizes cost efficiencies and reduces operational tasks because any additions or changes to the overall security policies are implemented only once in a centralized location.
The same set of security policy requirements can be applied to both wired and wireless networks, helping to strengthen security and minimize breaches.
A centralized management system also allows you to create and manage server and user privileges, authentications, and security within your hosting environment far more efficiently than by using local user accounts and individual server management.
To put simply, better management means a greater handle on security.
Boosting Savings & ROI
It is a given that managing servers, users, accounts, and security policies is critical to the overall success of your organization. However, performing these tasks locally on each server may prove inefficient and can lead to higher operating costs.
In addition, inconsistent local management may introduce errors and lead to higher security risks.
Deploying centralized wireless management system lets you save on manpower and infrastructure equipment, which will consequently help reduce operational and support costs.
And of course, keeping costs low will maximize profitability and will make your ROI very happy.
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Today, basic connectivity is not enough. With the growing number of users connecting to the network through different devices, the demand to support it all becomes more difficult. A unified management system will allow you to accommodate that demand and give you the visibility and control you need to maintain business operations.
If you’re looking to unify your wireless network and finally maximize your budget for the proper ROI, you have to make sure that you have the right infrastructure to support this. Simply contact us here, we'd be glad to help!