A network assessment is essential in maintaining a healthy network environment. It provides the accurate information you need to make smart decisions about planned modifications or new technologies. It helps avoid surprises and helps provide early warning to so many hidden problems and issues lurking on the horizon. Most importantly, it provides you with a map and baseline from which to work. In addition, you can use the assessment report and consultation with our consultants to develop contingency plans for network weaknesses and vulnerabilities such as sudden bandwidth requirements. A network assessment should be performed on an annual basis or more frequently if events warrant it. The analysis is also helpful to spot trends, to plan and implement short-term preventive maintenance as well as long-term strategic action.
Typical Situations For An Assessment
Typical Scope of Assessment Services
In our initial meeting we will work with you to co-develop the “Statement of Work” (SOW). The SOW articulates what the project deliverables are and also affirms that we have a clear understanding of what your expectations are.
Examples of deliverables are:
Network Assessment consists of four distinct phases:
Define – Definition of the business and user requirements for the network.
Discover – Discovery of devices on the network. Engineers will gather high-level/global and protocol-specific statistics on the network.
Analyze – In the analysis phase a comparison of the network design to the business and user requirements is made. The result is a list of deltas.
Recommend – Working with the needs and problems identified in the analyze phase, our consultants focus on those that require prompt attention and have a significant impact on the network and the business. The recommendations are influenced by timeliness, ability to manage technology, cost, and future plans prior to Start of Session.
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