The Importance of Network Infrastructure in an Increasingly Digitized Business Environment


Businesses realize that these days they must use digital channels to engage with key customers, maintain relevance, and drive conversations. Some may not realize just how fast this shifting dynamic is becoming a business imperative, or just how transformational it can be. Those on the forefront are investing in faster data transfer and digital connections; those looking to get there are rethinking their networking needs to find the best solution for modern times – and for that, Cisco can help.

One popular option is the Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Series, which offers enterprise-class features at reasonable price points and sizes ranging from 24 to 48 ports. All models come with line-rate forwarding performance and, by increasingly popular demand, Gigabit-compatible LAN for a streamlined solution that is easy to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot. Scalable, secure, and energy-efficient, the series’ deliberate operational simplicity lowers the total cost of ownership and continues to perform as a company grows.

Perfect for remote branches and space-conscious offices, the versatile Cisco Catalyst 3650 series is available in form factors up to 12 inches lower than standard size for deployment in tight quarters for use over long distances. These switches are standalone and stackable 48-port solutions that provide the foundation for full convergence between wired and wireless LAN on a single platform. Powerful wireless features culminate in the new Cisco Unified Access Data Plane, its integrated, application-specific circuit, which generates up to 40G wireless capacity per switch and can also service up to 255 Virtual Land Area Networks (VLANs).

Another option for managing a widespread wireless environment is Cisco’s Aironet 1600 Series, which deliver great performance on a budget while managing up to 18,000 access points across central or remote locations. As the industry’s broadest selection of 802.11n antennas, this series delivers optimal coverage for a variety of deployment scenarios, from lightweight settings high-density or even ruggedized, outdoor requirements.

As high-profile breaches raise fears for big data worldwide, those increasingly concerned by cyber risk may be especially interested in the Cisco ASA 5500 Series, a purpose-built solution that integrates world-class firewall, unified communications security, VPN, intrusion prevention, and content security services in a unified device. To protect high-performance data centers from both internal and external threats, the 8-unit cluster can be augmented to support up to 60Gbps of IPS throughput. This series promises users secure access to data and network resources anytime, anywhere, using any device – and welcome peace of mind for the company.

The promise of Digital for business is ever-evolving, but it is possible to stay with the curve: check out this quick reference guide by Cisco to learn more how upgraded networking can help you.