No matter how large or complex your IT stack is, you still rely on enterprise networking, the nuts of bolts of IT.
Enterprise networking is what connects your systems and users to the files and applications your business relies on to function.
This consists of routers, switches, wireless access points, and more. What sets an enterprise network apart is all of these solutions work together while providing appropriate management tools for administrators, integrations for security, and rock-solid functionality.
When properly configured, enterprise networking is capable of the proper physical connection, logical segmentation, and integrations. This is required to provide both excellent management capabilities and overall functionality without compromising on security.
However, getting to this point is a complicated process as you try to juggle your business’s unique needs, evolving technology, and existing solutions.
The KR Group's Approach
When you build, upgrade, or refresh your enterprise network, you want someone who can efficiently make these changes without sacrificing connectivity or security.
At The KR Group, we approach enterprise networks with a depth of experience in various areas of IT. All of our engineers understand networking and can determine if an issue is related to this area of your IT environment.
By doing this, we will quickly identify what solution is right for your needs whether it is an infrastructure upgrade or remediation.
Enterprise Networking Solutions
Enterprise networking requires specific components to streamline and protect your internet traffic.
At The KR Group, we can help you with your enterprise networking devices and applications in the following areas:
Routing is how your network traffic is directed to external locations.
Whether you’re accessing remote files, cloud applications, or international branch offices, proper routing of your network traffic will streamline these functions.
Most businesses rely on WAN (wide area network) or SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) routing.
Don’t forget you’ll want to incorporate firewalls to protect the edge of your network. Check out our firewall section on this page to learn more about your options.
WAN (Wide Area Network)
WAN is a network of local area networks (LAN) that’s not bound to a single location.
When you use a WAN router, also known as an edge router or border router, it directs data packets between your WAN locations.
This is important for all types of businesses:
- Cisco Catalyst Routers (8300 Series and 8200 Series) manage multiple aspects of your enterprise network while providing a consistent experience, simple setup, and secure connection.
- Cisco ISR 1000 Series Routers provide internet access, advanced security, and wireless services in one device.
SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network)
SD-WAN is a straightforward way to manage and deploy your WAN with the added benefits of cost reduction and improved connectivity.
It uses software to control your connection and manage traffic between data centers, remote locations, and cloud storage.
The goal of SD-WAN is to simplify how you light up internet links to branch offices. The software will dynamically look at the links and balance the connection across other links to ensure the network doesn’t cause users issues.
- Cisco SD-WAN is a secure, cloud-scale architecture that is open, programmable, and scalable. It is powered by the Cisco vManage console, which lets you connect data centers, branches, campuses, and colocation facilities to improve network speed, security, and efficiency.
- Meraki Firewalls (MX Series) provied generic SD-WAN (in addition to security) with two internet connections. These can be physical or virtual machines, and both options allow you to monitor details about the software-defiend component of your network.
Switching handles traffic within your network. It directs data from multiple computers to a specific hardware destination.
If you need to access company folders or applications, switching will get you where you need to go.
When appropriately configured, switches ensure each device connected to it has sufficient bandwidth.
- Meraki Switches (MS Series) offer the simplicity of cloud-management combined with enterprise-grade hardware to support your wired or wireless networks.
- Cisco Switches (Catalyst 9400, 9300, and 9200 series) come in traditional, cloud-managed, or full fabric-control mode and offer a range of features, scales, port speeds, and interface types from 1G to 100G.
Wireless Access Points
Wireless access points create a wireless local area network (WLAN) for an office or large building by connecting to a wired router or switch via an Ethernet cable. They project a WiFi signal to a designated area to connect your users.
This can be used to extend coverage within a large building (schools, manufacturing plants, office space, etc.) across a college campus or even across a city.
- Cisco Access Points (9100 Series) offer WiFi 6 capabilities and integrated security. They’re also built to support Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and WiFi tags, beacons, and other Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.
- Meraki Access Points (MR Series) are cloud-managed devices built for businesses. Any of these options will provide seamless coverage and faster connection for your users.
Enterprise Network Security
Your network sees everything, which makes it a common vulnerability for cyberattacks. You must address your network’s security.
If a threat reaches your network, it can quickly spread throughout your IT environment. An attack can cause problems with internet connectivity and even crash an entire system.
A firewall protects your network by monitoring incoming and outgoing traffic. By using a set of security rules, your firewall can detect if traffic has the potential to be malicious.
- Cisco Secure Firewalls are a next-generation options with robust threat prevention capabilities (including intrusion prevention, malware prevention, and content filtering). They protect your network by integrating threat prevention capabilities into your existing infrastructure.
- Meraki Firewalls (MX Series) are a next-generation solution, meaning they combine traditional firewall technology with other filtering capabilities, such as intrusion prevention systems. Their biggest differentiator is they are cloud-managed.
Whenever you surf the internet, you make DNS queries, which direct you to the website you’re searching for.
However, DNS queries create opportunities for exploits, and not all domains are safe. DNS security tools identify unsafe domains and then alert and prevent users from accessing suspected hijacked or malicious domains.
- Cisco Umbrella goes above and beyond at stopping suspicious and malicious activity within your network. It also includes additional features, such as website blocking, ransomware detection, content filtering, and host monitoring. You can also choose to incorporate Roaming Client, which monitors laptops even when they’re not connected to your network.
Network architecture refers to how the above solutions are structured to meet your unique needs.
If you lack an intentional network architecture, you’ll need to closely monitor your network. However, when done well, your network architecture understands your organization’s needs and automatically executes functions accordingly.
A good network architecture is essential to support your business’s network needs, including VoIP, telecommunications systems, data storage, and more.
- Cisco DNA is an open, extensible, software-driven architecture. It is designed to accelerate and simplify your enterprise network operations while lowering costs and reducing security risks. It is the architecture for managing your network.
- Cisco DNA Center is the tool you use to monitor your network architecture. This is how you manage licenses to, review AI feedback, implement a group policy for your network, create a zero-trust security model, and more.
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