What is Network Assessment?
Network architecture, maintenance, and optimization may be compromised as IT professionals rush to deploy solutions in response to ever-changing company requirements. The result is often a network infrastructure that is under-utilized, stricken with poor performance or vulnerable to cyber threats. A comprehensive network assessment can identify and help rectify these problems.
Our network assessments offer a thorough examination of your IT infrastructure, from environmental considerations such as power and cooling to your mission-critical applications and data. We identify risks, prioritize those risks and provide specific remedial recommendations. And based on our client’s stated business objectives, we will outline longer-term IT recommendations that support those objectives.
A network assessment is an evaluation of an organization’s current Information Technology infrastructure and performance to determine areas for improvement. Perhaps you have come to the realization that the IT systems in your organization have grown to a capacity where you aren’t sure of what is happening in every aspect of the network. Enterprise Technology Services is skilled in providing analysis to assist you in understanding the current state of your systems, infrastructure, and processes.
When Should a Network Assessment Be Performed?
An ideal time for your organization’s network assessment is before a large-scale rollout that is projected to change the nature of your network structure. By completing a network assessment far in advance of the planned roll-out allows for ample time to carry out a thorough analysis and implement the necessary resolutions. You may want to consider a network assessment if you have a technology infrastructure that may be approaching its end-of-life.
What a Network Assessment Helps Identify
A network assessment can help identify many issues, but at an advanced level it offers insight into areas, including:
• Security problems
An unmanaged network is likely to have security issues such as viruses, malware, or even cybercriminal attacks. Security issues are a result of a network that has not been maintained with antivirus software, appropriate threat scans and other layers of security-related products and processes.
• Bottlenecks that cause performance issues
There a couple of factors that could be causing bottlenecks to form on your network. It could be the number of users during peak times, outdated hardware, or the materials used for connectivity. A network assessment identifies the primary sources of user density, the devices causing the most congestion, apps that use up the most bandwidth, and network design issues.
• Equipment approaching the end of its lifespan
A professional network assessment can point out the hardware on the network that is slowing down the performance or even causing security issues as a result of its age. Additionally, it can help identify firmware updates and allows your organization to plan the budget for new equipment. Having performance problems and old hardware leads to a security vulnerability, especially in this era of data breaches.
The Benefits of Network Assessments
Maintaining a strong and reliable network is critical to your organization. With a network assessment done by the experts at ETS, you can identify problems early on. Some benefits of having Enterprise Technology Services perform a professional network assessment include:
• Improved internal and perimeter security
• Vital network segmentation and asset protection
• A balance between achieving compliance and ensuring security
• Lower capital and operating costs by combining functionalities
• Understanding how to integrate technologies to add value from your existing infrastructure
• Improved cloud security
Many organizations don’t realize the importance of an assessment until an issue arises causing them to have a breakdown in their network. Enterprise Technology Services uses the latest tools in network assessment to help clients establish efficient IT management strategies. As an established managed service provider, ETS has the personnel, expertise, and state-of-art tools needed to build and run networks because this is part of what we do every day. Decrease your risks and save yourself time by utilizing our experience and knowledge to complete a partial or full security assessment of your network. We manage the entire project from start to finish so you can worry about running your business.
An ETS network assessment is designed to deliver the following key benefits:
Every assessment follows a 3-Step process to ensure a comprehensive audit and health check of your IT environment:
Step 1: Critical Systems Summary – An extensive data collection process using specialty software tools and structured interview and survey techniques; fully document all aspects of current IT environment.
Step 2: Business Impact Analysis – Identify and prioritize risks/opportunities with mission-critical systems; prioritize based on client business objectives.
Step 3: Cost Reduction and Risk Mitigation Plan – Propose plan for infrastructure optimization; tactical recommendations for cost/risk issues, strategic planning and budgeting (if applicable).