IT Network Services

JK Consulting’s network design and implementation services provide your business with a customized, thorough network infrastructure designed to grow with your company over time.

From the cabling infrastructure to the switches, routers, workstations, servers, and software, our team of certified technicians and engineers will guide you through the process resulting in a optimized, sophisticated, scalable, and secure network for your business or organization.

We work with your team to design your network from the ground up, creating a network that works for the specific needs of your company.

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Network Design Elements

Without clearly defined targets, the rest of the design falls apart. Every business is unique, so we spend the time to consult with your team to discover the budget, specialties and performance expectations your team requires from your network.

Based upon the information gathered from our consultation combined with our own extensive experience in designing and implementing networks we develop a plan of action that will optimize the productivity of your team.

Your network needs to grow along with your business. We ensure future growth capability so your company can enjoy the benefits of new hardware, software, and applications as they become available.

In this stage we layout the network infrastructure and assemble a BOM for presentation and the final approval from your team. We employ the “Goldie Locks” approach to avoid the, spend too little and the network won’t be able to meet your needs, spend too much and waste precious budgeting dollars that may be needed elsewhere, conundrum.

In this stage we issue purchase orders, schedule product deliveries, and begin the process of gathering all the components necessary to install your network.

Our team of engineers and installation professionals provide you with a efficient, clean, accessible, and well organized installation. We provide extra capacity to allow for future network expansion and growth.

We setup your network to deliver a reliable user experience increasing office morale and productivity. Your network will be optimized to provide peak performance between all network components ensuring you receive the ROI you expect from your technology.

Cybersecurity is an essential element in ensuring your network stays up, running and, productive. JK offers multiple pans and options. We can design a cybersecurity plan that meets your company’s requirements.

Whether it is our 24/7 remote help desk or on-site repairs our team is ready to assist. We offer multiple options from “a la carte “ / “pay as you go” to our Complete Managed Service Plans we can develop the plan that is right for your business.

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Setting up a network for the office requires the following:

  • A secure Internet connection from the Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • A router with a high-speed Internet connection
  • A modem
  • Firewall capabilities
  • One or more switches (allows computers to link to one another over an internal network)
  • Phone line/cable/fiber optic linking (wired or wireless)
  • Ethernet hubs
  • Management and security software

Technical / functional requirements examples;

  • Bandwidth
  • Security requirements
  • Specific protocols the project must implement
  • RTO/RPO (recovery time objective/recovery point objective) numbers
  • Uptime SLAs (service level agreements)

Consideration for upgrades to an existing network

In addition to the steps listed in the prior section with an existing network we first perform a System Assessment to assess the current state of the network.

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If you are considering updates to your existing network, it is important to understand the capabilities of the existing infrastructure and components you may consider retaining.

Sometimes a component fits seamlessly into the new network, other times it can complicate a project. For example, if all the structured cabling is already in place, that’s one less thing to worry about. However, if all that’s in place is Cat5 cable and you need Cat6A to support 10GBaseT, the existing cabling now becomes an issue to deal with.

Whatever the state of the network is, it’s important we know early in the design process. We need to assess the network’s current state before we can provide any specific design recommendations. At the end of this step, we should understand the network layout, performance, data flows, applications & services on the network, network security, and physical and logical layout.

Some of this can be achieved by reviewing existing network diagrams, policies, and monitoring tools. In other cases, you’ll need to use automatic network mapping tools and security scanners to get the full picture. Learn about our network assessments.

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IT Networks Terms Explained

This design type connects local devices, or devices that are in close proximity like in an office building.

This design type uses a wireless signal, rather than cables, to support devices. While there are fewer cables run with the ability to support connection to smartphones and tablets, a wireless LAN is often slower than a traditional LAN.

This design type connects devices (nodes) that are farther apart—perhaps even by miles.  A WAN differs from a LAN because it is not restricted by geographic location. a WAN connects LANs to each other, usually across multiple locations. The internet is an example of a worldwide public WAN.

Unlike the traditional router-centric WAN architecture, the SD-WAN model is designed to fully support applications hosted in on-premise data centers, public or private clouds and SaaS services while delivering the highest levels of application performance.

Provides a more private and secure connection for every device on your network by utilizing end-to-end encryption. This keeps the network traffic private as it travels through the internet.

This design type connects LANS within a specific geographic area—usually schools or a corporate campus.

Designed to send data and network traffic along the most efficient routes  MPLS offers businesses better scalability, performance, bandwidth utilization and reduced congestion, providing a better user experience.

A traditional hierarchical network design is based on the idea of three basic network layers. Each layer handles a separate portion of the dataflows on a network. Those layers are:

Core layer. This is the layer that routes traffic between different geographical sites. In other words, it’s the network backbone. The core layer is where high-throughput, expensive core routers shine.

Distribution layer. The distribution layer sits between the core and access layers. It acts as a boundary and implements network policies to restrict or allow data flows between different subnets within the network. Less expensive routers and L3 switches are the common workhorses of the distribution layer.

Access layer. The access layer is the layer for endpoint devices like user PCs, printers, and VoIP phones. Smaller “access switches” are responsible for switching packets and routing traffic at this layer.

Top-down and bottom-up are two approaches to network design based on the OSI model. With a top-down approach, you start designing your network at the application layer and work your way down the model finishing with the physical layer. The bottom-up design is exactly the opposite. Top-down is generally considered a better approach when you start with business requirements and work your way down. However, top-down is also often more time-consuming. Bottom-up network design starts with the physical aspect of the network and works upwards.

A network topology in which nodes are directly connected to a common half-duplex link called a bus. A host on a bus network is called a station. In a bus network, every station will receive all network traffic, and the traffic generated by each station has equal transmission priority. A bus network forms a single network segment and collision domain. In order for nodes to share the bus, they use a medium access control technology such as carrier-sense multiple access (CSMA) or a bus master.

A computer networking technology used to build local area networks. It was introduced by IBM in 1984, and standardized in 1989 as IEEE 802.5. It uses a special three-byte frame called a token that is passed around a logical ring of workstations or servers. This token passing is a channel access method providing fair access for all stations, and eliminating the collisions of contention-based access methods. Token Ring was a successful technology, particularly in corporate environments, but was gradually eclipsed by the later versions of Ethernet.

A implementation of a spoke–hub distribution paradigm in computer networks. In a star network, every host is connected to a central hub. In its simplest form, one central hub acts as a conduit to transmit messages. The star network is one of the most common computer network topologies. The star topology reduces the impact of a transmission line failure by independently connecting each host to the hub. Each host may thus communicate with all others by transmitting to, and receiving from, the hub. The failure of a transmission line linking any host to the hub will result in the isolation of that host from all others, but the rest of the network will be unaffected.

A tree network, or star-bus network, is a hybrid network topology in which star networks are interconnected via bus networks.[1][2] Tree networks are hierarchical, and each node can have an arbitrary number of child nodes.

A mesh network (or simply meshnet) is a local network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e. bridges, switches, and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data from/to clients. This lack of dependency on one node allows for every node to participate in the relay of information. Mesh networks dynamically self-organize and self-configure, which can reduce installation overhead. The ability to self-configure enables dynamic distribution of workloads, particularly in the event a few nodes should fail. This in turn contributes to fault-tolerance and reduced maintenance costs.

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