A WAN, or Wide Area Network, isÂ a computer network that connectsÂ
multiple locations and allows them to
share information. The main purpose of a WAN is to provide reliable,
fast and secure communication betweenÂ
two or more place.
A WAN enables an organization to have one integral network between all its departments and offices, even if they are not all in the same building or city, providing communication between the organization and the rest of the world.
Below are a list of questions that will help in deciding whether a WAN would be beneficial to your business:
Does my company need a WAN?
A lot of companies are unsure whether or not a WAN would be beneficial to their business. If your business could benefit from one or more of the following, a WAN may be what your business has been needing:Â
â€¢Fast information transfer between multiple locations
â€¢Reliable shared Internet connection
â€¢Better communication between business locations
â€¢Secure path for sensitive data transmission
Centralized host for localized management
With the widespread use of Frame Relay and DSL, WANs have become affordable for small and medium businesses as well as corporations. A medium-sized business with three locations around the state can utilize a WAN to create an environment where information can be stored separate (and protected) from the Internet while still being available to all three locations. This allows all three locations to function as if they were in the same building, sharing the same network.
WANs also provide certain advantages to businesses in the way of network management. Instead of having three separate networks designed and maintained differently, the three-location company can manage one larger network. This allows the company to easily upgrade/standardize/manage their network without the worry of company branches being disconnected from the network.
Once TecInfo has designed and implemented the WAN, day to day management is crucial. Security intrusion and detection, and constant connectivity are just a few of the tasks TecInfo is able to manage. Ask about our Remote Management Services.