Why You Should Be Thinking About Multi-Site Network Management
Organizations generally don’t start out as planning to become multi-site. It often just happens. Either growth or circumstances usually determines it. The problem for IT managers is when their networking setup at the main corporate office doesn’t lend itself to expansion across multiple sites. For this reason, regardless of expansion plans, IT departments should always be focusing on multiple branches/sites when building/upgrading networking at the main location. You’ll want to be ready to act when/if your senior leadership decides to move to multiple campuses or start deploying remote workers.
Here are some questions to consider when upgrading your current infrastructure from a multi-branch/multi-site mindset.
Can your WLAN extend past your main network without additional equipment or configuration at head quarters?
When employees roam between campuses, they’ll want to be able to easily connect to the Wi-Fi network. The key thing to consider is are you building networks that have to be managed separately. With Aerohive, each network is unified from a management standpoint, but also independent from a single point of failure. It’s the perfect model. As you make network changes, you can deploy them to all campuses as easy as you can one, but nothing at the secondary branches relies on the main from a bottleneck/point of failure standpoint.
Can you current network support additional campuses without upgrading equipment at the central office?
Thanks to HiveManager, IT managers don’t have to plan for growth. As growth happens, you can add on equipment as needed. This situation is where cloud-managed networking goes from a “nice to have” to essential for company operations. There are no on-site controllers to upgrade or swap out. Do you need additional access points and switches for a secondary branch? HiveManager can support an unlimited amount of them. This situation is where the difference between centrally managed and centrally controlled comes into play.
Can you enforce security policies across multiple WANs (locations)?
Aerohive’s SD-WAN technology allows remote offices and remote workers to access to have a “Headquarters-like” user experience regardless of where they are it. It’s all powered by Aerohive Cloud Networking and a self-optimizing design, distributed organizations can benefit from secure and reliable network access that’s easier to deploy, manage, and support.
With SD-WAN, you’ll have secure end-to-end LAN and WAN policy enforcement.