Manage Your Network In An Office Complex
Being in a large, multilevel office building has its advantages. Having all of your personnel in the same place can speed things up and a contracted maintenance crew will keep your focus on the tasks at hand. However, while having a large building is great, there can be some drawbacks from a network standpoint. There are plenty of important things to remember when it comes to storage and networking when dealing with a new office complex, so make sure you pay attention to these tips.
1. Multiple server rooms might be needed.
With a large building, hardwiring so many cables might be an issue. Instead of stringing out important data cables over dozens of floors, consider having multiple data centers staggered throughout your complex. This will eliminate a lot of high-density wireless traffic that would be better handled through an actual cable.
If you don’t have the resources for multiple data centers, then try to locate the departments that need the most data closest to the server rooms. HBA storage is important and can be more easily done over short distances. These devices will need to be hardwired to the servers, so save yourself some cables and headaches down the road by putting the two close together.
2. The wireless network might need a boost, too.
Wireless Internet over such a large area can be tricky, and you’ll definitely have to have the highest speeds available so that all your employees can use the network at the same time without it going down. But high speeds might not be enough – both geography and number of users can play havoc on a Wi-Fi connection. Make sure your connection and network can handle everything it has to, and if not, upgrade. There is really no way around it, and sooner or later, a slow connection will become unbearable.
But even with high enough speeds, signal strength can be lost over distance. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to boost it back up. Some of the most convenient ones are done to the actual computer that is having problems, not on the server side. Upgrading the HBAs, or host bust adapters, can boost your speeds back to their norm. This can be done by getting a good network card, which can be found rather cheaply.
3. Be ready and back up.
It might seem obvious, but having all of your employees in one building will use a lot of data and require a lot of storage. If you are indeed prepared for the amount of traffic, make sure your backups are good to go, too. Having all your eggs in one basket means that a problem in the server room can get serious very fast, since it now will affect nearly all of your workers. Security is also even more important now, because if a breach occurs, it can affect just about everything. Good equipment and diligent support staff can mitigate these risks. The challenges of having only one location are far outweighed by the benefits.