You’d be forgiven for thinking that the box in the corner with the flashing lights is your network. To a certain extent you would be correct (that’s just the hardware component). Have you ever wondered what makes it work? or why sometimes things are slow when yesterday or the day before all seemed fine?
A good analogy of a network is to liken it to a motorway - the more lanes you have, the more traffic capacity you can cope with and the more vehicles can reach their destination at any time. Ask yourself, What usually happens at rush hour? What if you get a slow moving object or a broken down vehicle? What about that bank holiday rush?
A network switch, the core component of your network, only has a certain amount of available capacity (bandwidth) and it can be used up quickly by the various components that use your network.
Switch capabilities vary significantly by make and model (much the same as cars or vans) and as such a switch you may have purchased when you started your organisation may not be suitable for the growth your organisation has experienced (especially if you have added or are looking to add voice and video technology). The Internet in today’s world has become critical to most modern business models, the convergence of Email, Voice, Video and Instant Messaging has raised the minimum levels networks need to be able to support.
We are seeing for the first time broadband speeds to your office and home being faster than the speed in which a standard network switch can operate at.