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Most corporate networks are past their 'best before' date

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For any organization struggling to gauge the health of their network, Brisbois suggested a three-step strategy to proactively analyze and modernize their network infrastructure.

1. Assess your existing infrastructure

Assessment services provide full visibility into an organization's network infrastructure, including which devices are covered by SMARTnet, which devices are in critical need of replacement, which should be planned for future replacement, and which are still new and can meet their needs. This roadmap allows organizations to mitigate risk, maximize network uptime, and manage replacement costs.

2. Evaluate your disaster recovery strategy

Before opting to add SMARTnet to every company device, organizations need to evaluate their disaster recovery strategy and determine what devices are mission-critical. Ask yourself: "If a device goes down, can the business go on without it or will it impede day-to-day operations?" Determining this allows organizations to identify devices that need more advanced technical support, like SMARTnet.

3. Plan and budget for replacement

When a device enters end-of-sale, it has a maximum of two-to-five years before it's no longer supported by the manufacturer. Organizations must proactively plan and budget for replacement of those devices before they go end-of-support. End-of-support devices on a network increase the risk of lost productivity due to longer downtime, potential security breaches, and ultimately higher replacement costs – and should be replaced immediately. 

 

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