Ensure Your Cloud-Based IP Solution is Robust, Reliable and Secure

Organizations in all industries are moving to hosted, or Cloud-based, IP solutions for communication, security and other IoT applications. However, many organizations are faced with challenges as they attempt to effectively connect each IP endpoint to the application in the Cloud. The industry is starting to realize that the core issue has nothing to do with the endpoint or the application. The core issue is LAN topology and determining the best way to connect each IP endpoint to the D-mark (router) on-site, before connecting to the off-site application.

Cloud-based solutions are attractive because the organization doesn’t need to manage the application. The expectation is that modernizing to a hosted solution will be simple and quick. However, the Cloud provider is often not responsible for the local area network, leaving the organization with this large task. These LAN readiness requirements can significantly increase project complexity and risk – while stalling the deployment.

LAN readiness costs can quickly become the reason these projects are delayed, sometimes indefinitely. Many network providers will still recommend that the customer rip-and-replace existing infrastructure and layer the new IP solution onto the core data network. This requires a massive capital investment that the organization did not originally plan for. In addition, this approach negatively impacts the business through network downtime and brand risk from the disruption caused by the network overhaul.

Layering IP applications onto the primary data network also increases ongoing management costs and complexity for IT teams. This LAN strategy often results in system reliability and security concerns as more and more endpoints and applications are added. To effectively support a Cloud-based IP solution, it is critical to establish a robust and effective local area network strategy and topology.

Modern LAN Design – A Complete End-to-End Solution

The Modern LAN is an enhancement on traditional LAN design philosophies; developed by industry analysts at Frost & Sullivan. Modern LAN design synergizes the technological advancements of the Cloud with the reliability and performance of a robust and secure LAN topology. Modern LAN design solves the number one issue with hosted solutions; effectively connecting each and every IP endpoint on the local area network to the router.

Instead of ripping out existing and proven infrastructure, Modern LAN design suggests leveraging the existing point-to-point network infrastructure to create a physically separate network for new IP applications. This removes the tremendous capital investment needed to rip-and-replace the existing and proven infrastructure. Additionally, this prevents the need to layer voice onto the core data network; simplifying LAN management for IT teams.

The NVT Phybridge CHARIoT series of long reach Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches enable Modern LAN design; allowing any organization to transform their existing network infrastructure into a robust IP backbone for any hosted solution. The resulting network is physically separate and point-to-point; creating robust and cyber-secure pathways for each device. These smart pathways ensure optimal performance and reliability for any Cloud-based solution.

Replicate the Success

Make sure your technology providers have considered Modern LAN design. It’s time to change the conversation to improve the outcome of your digital transformation. Click here to see organizations just like yours who have simplified their modernization to the Cloud with Modern LAN design and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations.

Mitel StreamLine, with SmartPathPoE technology, helps organizations achieve a simple, secure, and cost-effective connection to their Cloud-based applications. Using Modern LAN principles, the Mitel StreamLine solution creates a secure point-to-point LAN topology that is simple to manage – just like your cloud-based solutions. Mitel StreamLine allows customers to leverage their existing cabling and infrastructures to support IoT devices up to 1,200ft (365m) away.

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Organizations are modernizing to IP communication, surveillance and other IoT (Internet of Things) devices to increase efficiency, improve security and create a better customer experience. Business Insider predicts that by 2025 there will be more than 55 billion connected IoT devices, up from 9 billion in 2017. To support these 55 billion IoT devices, organizations must first establish a secure and reliable local area network.

Mitel StreamLine was designed to help organizations maximize the return on investment of their digital transformations. Enabled with SmartPathPoE technology, Mitel StreamLine significantly reduces the cost to establish a secure and reliable Power over Ethernet (PoE) backbone.

How exactly? By transforming an organization’s existing infrastructure into a power-packed IP platform, with reach capabilities up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches. No more “rip-and-replace” and no more reach limitations. The cost savings are substantial considering the immense cost to install new infrastructure:

  • Thousands of feet of wiring to connect all devices on the local area network
  • Equipment to support new server closets or upgrade existing closets; including servers, racks, cooling systems, backup power systems, fire prevention, and redundancy equipment
  • Labour costs to rip-and-replace the existing infrastructure and install all the equipment mentioned above
  • Material costs to support the construction and renovation work required to install the new infrastructure
  • Loss of revenue caused by disruption to business

By eliminating the above requirements, project deployment times are significantly accelerated, further improving return on investment. Reduce infrastructure costs and allocate more of your budget to ROI driving applications Mitel StreamLine.

Organizations that leverage their existing infrastructure to establish a robust PoE backbone are also creating a more cyber-secure network. Establishing a network today that can minimize susceptibility to cyber-attacks may save your organization millions of dollars in the future.

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As more and more organizations adopt the Internet of Things, cybersecurity has become a top concern. Companies of all sizes and in all industries are at risk of malicious activity; especially individuals and groups attempting to steal consumer and company data. The Ponemon Institute found that 7 out of 10 organizations believe their security risk increased significantly in 2017.

In the connected world of the Internet of Things, each “thing” on the network represents a possible entrance for a hacker. In DarkTrace’s Global Threat Report from 2017, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to networks through various IoT devices including smart artboards, thermometers, and server rooms.

Mitel StreamLine is designed to combat these modern-day security threats by allowing customers to leverage their existing endpoint cabling; creating secure point-to-point network pathways. The long reach capabilities of Mitel StreamLine eliminate the need to install additional IDF closets, further reducing the number of possible entry points for malicious activity. Connect your edge network back to the core at a single convergence point with a robust firewall for maximum network security or keep devices and applications completely separate. The flexibility of choice is yours.

It’s not enough to secure data only where it’s stored. The modern enterprise needs complete end-to-end security and control of IoT data. Our enterprise-grade managed switches include an intuitive web GUI to help protect your data. The software provides tools to monitor network traffic and lock any unused ports, ensuring network access is only provided to approved connected devices.

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