San Francisco Bay Area Network Design
For more than two decades, we have designed, implemented, and optimized networks ranging in size from 5 users to more than 5,000 crossing county, state, and international boundaries. Our experience proves the value of investing time up front to properly determine the requirements for the network and allowing that knowledge to drive the design process. It is the foundation of our success delivering network solutions of all sizes and complexity.
The Purpose of Networks
Networks exist to deliver mission critical IT services to users, partners, and customers so the business can thrive. Users, partners, and customers consume IT services over the network. Each group’s reliance on an IT service may vary in expected performance, access method and schedule, downtime tolerance, and security as the basis for the Service Level Agreement (SLA) that IT offers.
It All Starts With Requirements
There are many technically qualified firms who can deliver a solution, but how do you know that the solution really addresses the right problem? The only way to know for sure is to assess the requirements accurately and thoroughly.
The consumers of IT resources have requirements (expectations) for the delivery of those services across several categories:
Applications mApplications must operate efficiently allowing tasks to be executed effectively.ust operate efficiently allowing tasks to be executed effectively.
Access to the network must be managed by policy and data must meet security requirements as it transits the network.
The desired number of users and devices must be supported.
The network must be able to scale to accommodate changes in user count, applications, locations, usage patterns, and access methods.
IT services must be available as required by users. This includes disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
Access to IT services must be supported from wherever required and from whatever devices are supported.
Our Time Proven Process
We use a proven interview process to gather the business requirements for each IT service and use them as inputs to a model that determines the aggregate uptime requirements, consumption patterns, what IT assets are used to deliver the services, and produces the design requirements for each IT asset on the network. Our model translates business requirements for each service directly into design requirements for the network.
The current state of the network must be assessed to determine the starting point for any changes to the network. Constraints that might impact the design process include the availability of maintenance windows, migration strategies and methods, uptime requirements for existing services, and the quality of documentation for the existing network.
Designing a Solution
With the design requirements expressed for each IT asset, the wide open landscape of solutions is narrowed to a select set of satisfactory options and simplifies the design process. The available solutions can be evaluated on the basis of cost, implementation method and risk, and effectiveness in meeting the requirements.
Why Choose Forte to Design Your Network?
We have a time tested approach that has been used to successfully design, implement, and optimize network infrastructures for more than 20 years. The method scales to serve small businesses and large enterprise organizations. Our ability to deliver network infrastructure solutions led to our selection to serve on the Cisco Small and Medium Business Advisory Board, a small group of partners nationwide that advises Cisco on product strategies.
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Network Design for San Francisco Bay Area Companies
We provide remote and on site network design services throughout the greater San Francisco region including:
- Berkeley, Emeryville
- Oakland, Alameda
- San Leandro
- Walnut Creek
- Concord, Martinez
- Richmond, Hercules
- Dublin, San Ramon
- San Francisco
- South San Francisco
- San Mateo
- Foster City
- Redwood City
- San Bruno
- San Rafael
- Santa Rosa
- San Jose
- Silicon Valley
- Santa Clara
- Fremont, Milpitas
- Palo Alto
- Menlo Park
- Mountain View
- Santa Cruz