A Network Infrastructure includes all cabling, switching and LAN/WAN development needs to optimise the utilisation of technology. These include but are not limited to Cat 5/6 cabling needs, Fibre needs, connectivity, Firewall security and many more infrastructural design issues.
We also have the ability to assist our customers in considering an Open Source solution with considerable financial savings.
Linux Desktop and Server environments with the option of providing most of the business applications of businesses, are readily available in South Africa. Maybe the most prominent and relevant to the South African environment is Mark Shuttleworth's Ubuntu Linux initiatives. Read more about these options in our article on Open Source.
A network infrastructure rarely goes without a Server Infrastructure. We also have the capabilities to assess our customers' business needs and develop a "fit-for-purpose" server infrastructure which will optimally use the network infrastructure to achieve best results. A Server Infrastructure includes items like a Server/Client environment, LDAP or Active Directory authentication, Server Network services like DHCP, DNS, Exchange and many more.
We have seen many organisations procuring infrastructure not "fit-for-purpose"; either too few licenses, or an desktop operating system which can not authenticate, etc., causing extra costs. To prevent such fruitless expenditure, we provide our customers with the proper advise on the best combination of a network and server environment.
What is an Enterprise Architecture and why is it important?
Many smaller business environments make use of an "workgroup" network environment as opposed to an user-authenticated network and server environment. Here we discuss the differences and why user-authentication offer more options.
There is a continuous debate about the useability of Open Source Software for businesses. On the one hand, there is the opinion that it can never be the quality of proprietary software because developers offer their services for "free". On the other hand, the cost of licensing of proprietary software drives IT costs and sometimes makes it almost impossible for small businesses to use them.