Networking

4 Best Practices to Ensure That Your Firewall Is Still Providing Protection
Administrator 03/02/2020

Preventing unauthorised access to corporate networks is a major priority for most network managers. A firewall is an essential brick in the wall against hackers, and network managers need to pay close attention to it.  Changes in network organisation, updates to existing systems and introduction of new applications can all change the optimal configuration of […]

5 Things to Look Out for a Network Monitoring Tool
Administrator 02/12/2020

A key element of the management environment in any IT Networking scenario is the ability to manage and monitor network activity. It is usually split into two main areas, network security and network performance management. To be sure there are areas where requirements will overlap, and information from one may trigger activity in the other.  […]

Administrator 12/18/2019

Recently, WiFi has moved from large corporate environments to implementation of home networks for home and small business offices, domestic internet connections and other IP based applications such as home security and CCTV. Network designers need to keep some practical issues in mind when designing WiFi implementations. There are no real shortcuts to a good […]

5 Ways SD-WAN can simplify your network management
Administrator 06/21/2019

As business networks have evolved, they have become increasingly complex as digital convergence requires that they support different applications, including data, voice, and other media content.  In addition, separate applications like CCTV and Access Management may also run on the same infrastructure. Network management from design and configuration onwards is no longer a simple task. […]

Are people the key to Network Automation success?
Administrator 04/12/2019

The current drive by the major network equipment manufacturers and software houses towards network automation is driven by several, potentially competing factors.   These factors include the inevitable budget pressure on IT departments to do more with less. Current pressures include moves towards a Cloud environment, and the demands of the mobile warrior who needs access […]

How to prepare your workplace for 5G
Administrator 03/14/2019

The big buzzword nowadays in IT is 5G.  Many companies are rushing pell-mell to tell everyone how much better their technologies will work under 5G.  However, a lot of this chatter is smoke and mirrors.  Part of the chatter that is not heard so much is that 5G is a migration, not an epoch-changing event […]

Administrator 02/18/2019

There is a new concept coming through IT Networking.  Software Defined (“SD-WAN”) networks provide a self-configuring self-healing environment.  The design is such that SD-WAN will lead ultimately to Intent Based networks, where the network will add self-learning to the mix where the network will define its own architecture and redefine it as usage changes and […]

Administrator 01/08/2019

Like most new professions, ICT has undergone a process of growing maturity.  At the outset, it was possible to know virtually all things ICT, and experience and a willingness to learn were the major employment criteria.  Certifications in various disciplines became available as the profession split into areas of specialism and they gradually became accepted […]

Administrator 12/14/2018

Simply put, a wireless mesh is a wireless network without the cables.   The concept is not really that new, the military, hospitals and some commercial enterprises have been using similar technologies for many years to create ad-hoc radio networks.  It can include a wireless internet gateway or a gateway to an upstream network, but sometimes […]

Administrator 11/05/2018

Copper-based network cabling has been with us since day one.   The first networks used TV style coax cabling and connectors because it already existed and was known to work. In many cases, manufacturers had already used that style of cabling to connect terminals to mainframes.    Some manufacturers, particularly IBM, developed their own cabling styles, but […]