Network Deployment Planning

WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYMENT?

Technology deployment is taking an IT strategy and bringing it to completion. So, whether you are planning technology deployment across multiple locations or deploying new hardware, it is important to have a solid IT strategy.

What is an IT Strategy?

As technology advances, it is important that businesses establish a solid IT plan to build or maintain a solid foundation to support their current and future business. IT infrastructures include common items like desktops, printers and VoIP phones. These common items are supported by servers, wireless access points and the local area network (LAN). The backbone of your LAN is structured cabling.

Identify a Long-Term IT Infrastructure Vision

Where do you want your business to be in 5 years?  Take into consideration the long-term plan for your network.  Creating a clear vision will help you navigate the path to your goal. Thus, helping you determine the necessary steps to cross the finish line.  For example, multiple servers might make your future growth easier.  Therefore, the need for redundant cables and office expansion should then factor into your vision for the future.

Do I have the right tools?

Once the vision has been established, then ask the question, “Do we have what we need to get there?”. In other words, Identify the type of assets your business currently holds and determine what you are lacking.  Are you able to assess the current state of your network infrastructure to identify weaknesses? What is the best course to fill those gaps?  Will outsourcing portions of the project save you time and money in the long run?

Create a realistic IT budget

To achieve your desired IT vision, a realistic budget must be determined before moving forward.  Setting a realistic IT budget will also keep you flexible for any unexpected changes along the way.

Let the Planning Begin…

The function of your local area network is to connect a group of devices.

There are many factors as well as a lot of complexity in planning and designing a LAN from start to finish. Planning is essential in order to avoid overlooking key elements.  

This would be a good time to consider the surveys that are available to aid in the planning process.

A predictive wireless survey will help ensure adequate wireless coverage is achieved.
An infrastructure site survey will help determine the current state of your LAN. It can identify which additions are needed including cabling, computer room devices and hardware as well as any necessary installation equipment.

You might consider consulting with or outsourcing your project to a network technology company, like netRelevance, to perform these surveys to help you achieve the best results.

Designing your network

Having identified your basic network requirements, now you are ready to design the physical layout of your network.  The best networks combine wired and wireless connections. Review the hardware components, software levels and LAN connectivity. Do not overlook electrical or physical space requirements . Develop a detailed design based on those requirements and define the process to begin the installation.

Installing your network

A simple set up can be completed in a single day, while on the other hand, the more devices and services required, the more complicated the set-up. In conclusion, outsourcing your project to a technology deployment company, like netRelevance, to perform the installation will help you achieve the best results.

“Whether you’re planning technology deployment across multiple locations or deploying new hardware. It is important to have a solid IT strategy.”