Network Administration

The benefits of networking your business or home are numerous.   A greater understanding of some of the benefits starts with examination of the different elements that make up networks suitable for your type of organization, as well as the associated capital investment and maintenance costs, and other factors to be considered when designing a network.

What Is a Network?

In its simplest form, networking may be defined as two computers being linked together, either physically through a cable or through a wireless device. This link allows the computers to share files, printers and even internet connections.

What Are Some of the Benefits of a Network?

Connecting devices and schemes allows for centralized storage of files with the added benefit of backup and disaster recovery.  Shared resources reduce capital investment costs such as an Internet connection be it via dialup using a modem, or ISDN, DSL, Cable Modem or T-1 line. Sharing devices like modems, printers, scanners, and CD-ROMs lowers your costs.  Increase access and productivity by utilizing technologies that allow an organization or individual to remotely access email and files through Virtual Private Networking (VPN).

What Are the Components of a Network?

Computers are networked by a Network Interface Card (NIC) attached to the network via connection medium, usually a wire, cable or wireless device, all of which are connected to servers, printers, or other shared resources through hubs, switches, and routers often protected by a firewall.

What are the Costs of Networking?

If you are setting up a network for the first time for your business or home, the costs for components will vary depending on your needs;

Component Cost Range

Component Cost Range
Hub $30-$300
Router $75-$300
In-Wall Cabling $75-$150/per ft.
Switch $200-$1000
Server $1,500-$20,000
Network Operating System $799-$2500
Network Interface Card $15-$150
Spare Cables $5-$25

Schedule an appointment today to discuss the most common components and their cost.

What Are the Maintenance Costs of a Network?

Network administration can be the most expensive part of managing your network. To hire a full time staff to properly support a network can cost between $40,000 and $100,000 per year in recruiting and compensation costs.

However, a dedicated staff member may not be necessary.  CCS Onsite as an outsourced network support provider works with you to reduce and manage your costs. In addition to being less expensive, CCS Onsite offers an organization the advantage of not having to hire, train and support a dedicated staff member, plus provide the comfort of knowing there will always be someone available to support your network.

What Are Some Options to Help Control Costs?

In addition to the network support outsourcing mentioned above, CCS Onsite can guide you in ways to outsource various other network functions to help control costs. Instead of investing in a dedicated email server, purchasing server and client software, avoid the hassles and costs associated with the installation and maintenance of these and other commercial software with application hosting.  Perhaps consider the option to move to open source software, and used or manufacturer refurbished hardware.  To discover the possibilities schedule an appointment today.

Summary

No organization or residence is too small to reap the benefits of networking. Through the shared use of peripheral devices, centralized storage and backup and the shared use of Internet connectivity, networks can help raise the productivity of any sized organization. Contacting CCS Onsite to plan and design your organization’s or home’s network will ensure that you have a system that evolves with your needs.

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