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Networking
Connect and work from anywhere!
Networking is more than just meeting people and rubbing elbows. 

Internet Protocol (IP) networks make up the fundamental backbone of all modern communication -- email, websites, video, voice calls and other data transactions all traverse networks.

Advanced Data provides network installation services in the Western North Carolina area, including Asheville, Waynesville, Hendersonville and Marion. 

From design and initial network installation, to audit and upgrades, our network consulting team leverages the best practices to deliver robust and cost-effective networks to small businesses and enterprises.

When hiring Advanced Data, you choose an organization that prides itself as a cross-platform network specialist, combining certified Microsoft professionals and Cisco certified consultants.

IP networks are our core competency!  More and more devices and technologies are converging to the IP network and because we understand the core fundamentals of networking we are able to easily offer new IP versions of old products such as:
 
  • Voice over IP ( VoIP)
  • Video Surveillance
  • Security Systems and Access Control
  • Power over Ethernet ( PoE) devices like wireless access points (AP), Thin Clients, IP Phones, Security Cameras, etc.
  • Heating and Cooling controls
  • Lighting control and monitoring of electricity utilization (Z-Wave)

Learn more about some of the technologies we work with on a regular basis:

Cisco


Cisco Partner - Premier CertifiedCisco

As the leading designer and manufacturer of network equipment, Cisco is known for its ability to deliver speed, reliability and scalability.  

Cisco maintains roughly 65% of the market share in core routing equipment and so chances are you already have Cisco equipment in your network! 

Many small and medium-sized business (SMBs) find themselves in need of assistance in order to ensure proper configuration of their network infrastructure. 

By teaming with Advanced Data your organization can ensure that your network can consistently handle the needs of your network, with capacity to spare.
 

Our Team of Cisco Certified Consultants
Advanced Data is the only Cisco Premier Certified Partner in Western North Carolina (WNC). 

Our team of specialized consultants and technical support staff maintain an active, working knowledge of the latest aspects of Cisco hardware, network infrastructure, wireless LANs, voice over IP, security and more. 

Whatever your network challenges are, our team is both skilled and experienced to meet your needs.  To go along with years of field experience, our Cisco IT consultants carry certifications such as Cisco’s CCNA, CCDA and CCVP.


Network Installation & Infrastructure
In our years of helping Asheville firms to build and manage growing networks, we’ve developed a common-sense approach to ensure that your network is up and running quickly, efficiently and effectively. 

Whether your firm is seeking to overhaul a local area network (LAN) or install a wide area network (WAN), our experts can help with any and all aspects of network design and installation – from the core communications infrastructure to your working desktop.


Network Security

Our network security specialists can provide your firm with a security analysis that outlines your network’s risks and vulnerabilities. 

We can then help address those issues by implementing a variety of security solutions - such as firewalls, intrusion detection services, VPNs and more.


Remote Monitoring Services

Once your network is installed and secured, we can provide training and handle ongoing support to ensure your network runs smoothly. 

Our Remote Monitoring Network Support plans give you the peace of mind of having on-call professionals ensuring that you benefit from the reliability your Cisco network is designed to deliver.


Storage Area Network


Dell EqualogicWhat Is the Storage Area Network?
A Storage Area Network (SAN)—involves moving network storage from its traditional location—inside, or directly connected to, file servers—to a separate network of its own.

Disk, tape, and optical storage can then be attached directly to this network, which is based on a "fabric" of switches that connect storage devices to a heterogeneous set of servers on a many-to-many basis.

A SAN is thus a dedicated storage network that carries I/O traffic only between servers and storage devices—it does not carry any application traffic, which eliminates the bottlenecks associated with using a single network fabric for all applications. 

A SAN can also enable direct storage-to-storage interconnectivity, and lends itself to the exploitation of new breeds of clustering technology and to getting the best out of Network Attached Storage devices that can intelligently provide disk and tape capabilities to one or more servers.

For most small to medium sized businesses (SMBs), Fibre Channel SANs are financially "out- of-reach" because of the new network infrastructure needed to support the solution.  

Advanced Data often reccomends a SAN technology called iSCSI to allow SMBs to take advantage of the long-term savings SANs provide by utilizing their existing IP ethernet networks.

There are hundreds of options when considering an iSCSI SAN and we will help you decide if a solution like Dell's Equalogic product line is the right fit or if the open-source product OpenFiler meets your requirements. 

Regardless of what solution you need, Advanced Data is an industry leader in implementing Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions.  Our SAN consulting services help customers to increase efficiencies within their data storage infrastructure.  

We can help our customers to migrate from a direct-attached architecture to a networked storage environment, implement an effective data protection and recovery strategy, or fully assess customers current environment to improve asset utilization rates and management efficiencies.

Core Networking



altBecause we deal with IP networks everyday we are thoroughly familiar with the needs and requirements of small and large networks. 

Our exposure to so many networks have given us the ability to understand many of the obstacles that clients can often face within their networks. 

We work with many different protocols and standards daily including:
 

  • The Internet Protocol Suite (commonly known as TCP/IP) is the framework on which most modern networks are built upon
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
  • Quality of Service (QoS) for the reliable transport of voice and video
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Routing Protocols - RIP, OSPF, IGRP, EIGRP, BGP
  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for encrypted transport of data
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) - email troublshooting and system design / implementation
  • Wireless Networking design, implementation and security with 802.11a/b/g/n protocols and wireless controllers
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) - typically for voice over IP call handling
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to connect branch offices without dedicated point-to-point connectivity
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) to manage VLANs across many Cisco devices


Wireless


 Why choose a wireless network?

Wireless networks, also known as WiFi, don't use cables for connections. Instead, they use radio waves, like cordless phones. The advantage of a wireless network is mobility and the freedom from the restriction of wires or a fixed connection. The benefits of having a wireless network include:

  1. Mobility and freedom – play and work anywhere
  2. No restriction of wires or a fixed connection
  3. Quick, effortless installation: no drilling through walls
  4. No cables to buy
  5. Save cabling time and hassle
  6. Easy to expand

Wireless networks allow you to use your computers anywhere in a home or office, even in the garden or out on the patio.  You can check your email or surf the Internet. You can print wirelessly to a printer in another room. There is no need to drill holes in the wall and install Ethernet cables.  You can network anywhere, without wires.  Outside your home, wireless networking is available in public "hotspots," such as coffee shops, businesses, hotel rooms, and airports. This is perfect for people who do a lot of traveling.

Keep your customers happy
With Cisco wireless equipment it's simple to provision a guest network allowing your customers, partners, and vendors to access the Internet from your site, without giving them access to your company's data.  We also have a variety of solutions to enable fee based Internet access through secure payment processing facilities.

Have a campus environment?
With wireless point to point solutions, you can avoid costly outdoor cable runs.  Cisco Wireless Bridges act as endpoints, connecting the remote location to your core network infrastructure, safe, secure, and dependable.
 

Wireless Peformance
The maximum performance for wireless is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions

 


 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 August 2010 14:59