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How to Deploy a Virtual Network Without Trouble

September 21, 2017 No Comments

Featured article by Rick DelGado, Independent Technology Author

Installing the right network and keeping it current to fit the needs of your organization can be a challenge that might not seem easy. With different network options developing rapidly alongside breakthrough technologies, organizations are faced with the decision as to which changes will be made to their networks in order to stay current and productive.

Over the next four years, the market for networking and communications software will double to reach a projected $12 billion level and organizations will be faced with the task of shopping for software that matches their desired capabilities. While some software upgrades will be to automate the management of the organization’s network, others will be to virtualize the network or enhance network visibility.

As organizations contemplate which path will be the best way forward, they must overcome the challenge of transforming a networks while still keeping up with changing technologies. The deployment process that follows will go much smoother if the following points are taken into consideration.

Involve the right employees to oversee and manage the deployment of a new software networking system

Before even starting a network deployment, managers must tap capable employees who understand the process to give feedback on which system is selected and how it will be installed.

As part of this work, management must examine the specific tasks that are required for each type of deployment and weigh the employees’ capabilities. Once the right group of individuals has been assembled and share a vision of why the system has been selected and how it will benefit the organization, work can proceed forward at the proper rate.

Organizations should consider the following employees to participate in a deployment:

* Network operator
* Network administrators
* Server and storage administrators
* Application development engineers
* Security specialists
* Data Analysts

By finding a balance between users and operators, organizations can be sure to make a choice that will optimize the functionality of every team. This organic design process allows for quick and effective feedback during the shopping and installation phases.

Instead of creating an entirely new network, look first to build off your pre-existing system

One of the keys to network deployment is to choose the right system that fits the needs of the organization. Sometimes, a complete network overhaul can be essential while other times it may prove unnecessary and result in very high costs and a longer project period than most would anticipate. Taking an approach that encourages a gradual shift can also help an organization identify new opportunities along the way. This method will also create greater continuity down the road as employees work to install and maintain the new system.

Take a long-term approach and take time to consider the end game

As organizations, such as medical coding and billing programs, recognize the need to adapt to current technologies, it also behooves them to anticipate the future changes that will be required and to design their networks to be adaptable. No one wants to put their organization in a position where teams are constantly playing catch up with the latest and greatest forms of new technology like new cloud systems or business security systems.

So ask yourself questions about the need for the network. Why are we deploying a new network? How long will this be able to satisfy the needs of our company? Does this new technology help us grow in the way that we feel our organization needs to grow? What long-term costs and financial obligations have we created for ourselves?

Maintain a healthy understanding of your network and its needs

Once the new system is installed and ready to go, be sure to develop a feedback process that evaluates its success. Remember that many valuable insights may often slip through the cracks if a regular monitoring system is not in place.

To ensure that this happens, an organization should determine which employees will bear responsibility for maintenance and shouldn’t be afraid to delegate or choose employees as “innovators” as well to look forward to new solutions or ideas.

This will also take an investment in time and resources to guarantee that the employees using the system do so in a way that goes with its designed purpose.

Through a deliberate and strategic approach to deployment, organizations can keep up with the changes of technology as they adjust to implement new systems.

Rick Delgado V How to Deploy a Virtual Network Without Trouble

by Rick DelGado, Independent Author

I’ve been blessed to have a successful career and have recently taken a step back to pursue my passion of writing. I’ve started doing freelance writing and I love to write about new technologies and how it can help us and our planet.” – Rick DelGado

 

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