Proven Techniques and Best Practices for Managing Infrastructure Changes

Overview:

When a business expands an existing facility, adds a new location, incorporates an influx of new users, or upgrades an existing infrastructure - it's vital to ensure network readiness and validate infrastructure changes to optimize network performance, minimize user downtime and reduce problems after implementation. This white paper describes a methodology to manage network changes that meets the need for speed of implementation without sacrificing accuracy.

Changes in business place demands on the network -and the network professionals who administer it -to expand and accommodate different users, additional users, remote locations and more. Situations driving this increased need to manage and validate infrastructure changes include:
- Mergers and acquisitions: The network established for 50 users must now accommodate 500.
- Business growth into a new wing or facilities: The current network must handle the increased load of new users, applications and infrastructure.
- New technologies: As part of a corporate-wide upgrade, a new technology must be validated for all users before implementation.
- Upgrading the network: When installing new infrastructure devices, the configuration must be validated as correct.

Regardless of what drives the change, one commonality is the need for rapid and accurate completion of the project. Too often, however, changes are reacted to rather than managed proactively, leading to future problems. In part, this is due to the need for fast deployment: All of these changes must happen as quickly as possible, so shortcuts are taken and steps skipped in the process. Accuracy suffers as a result. And ironically, both the network and IT staffs are slowed down because expanding or upgrading networks without upfront due diligence leads to time-consuming problems and troubleshooting later.

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Author: Fluke Networks  | File Type: PDF

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