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Letter from the President

As you finalize plans for 2019, it’s a great time of year to take an introspective look at your network infrastructure. You may have seen through our Tech Talks and other industry information that we are seeing a significant shift as data moves to the cloud and software is deployed as a service (SaaS) becomes commonplace. With this shift in focus and increase in conversation relating to the cloud and hybrid, it’s easy for your network to be forgotten. However, I’d strongly underscore a basic tenant of your infrastructure: in order to access resources, apps and data – regardless of whether you use a wired or wireless connection – you have to connect to the network. The network serves as the doorway to data access whether via the Internet or on a server. 

The mindset needs to shift from your network as inconsequential “plumbing” or “just a road to the Internet” to a critical component of our infrastructure that makes or breaks effectiveness of your operation. For example, as IoT becomes commonplace, multiple device types are attempting to simultaneously access your network including HVAC systems, heart monitors, water systems, etc. Your ability to isolate and segment these devices on your network keeps your organization secure without overwhelming access for critical operations.

The issue is that if your network is 3-5 years old, in all likelihood, it needs enhanced or replaced even if you’ve added new access points. The newest access points – those brought online in the last three years – and even newer ones (802.11) exceed bandwidth of the latest switches. Utilizing new access points with an old network is like connecting a fire hose nozzle to a garden hose. While you have the nozzle to put out the fire (access points), your source (network) doesn’t have enough power to do the job. 

If you’re not sure if you have the right network for your business’s needs, contact us and we can evaluate what you have in place, your current needs and make recommendations. 

I encourage you not to wait – with the increase of IoT and BYOD, the demands on your network (both bandwidth and security) are only going to increase. We can help you plan not only for today, but also for the future.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and hope you and your staff have a great Thanksgiving.

From all of us at Networking Technologies,

James Bahm
President, Networking Technologies

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    Erie Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA

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