Considerations and Network Component Comparisons

Storage Networks Certified Engineers are able to help you select from leading manufactures products. Our Partner relationships allow us to compare products to find the most cost effective components for your application needs.


Integration and Interoperability with your existing infrastructure is guaranteed.




  • Is your current network adequate in meeting your requirements today?
  • Are your employees sharing applications or sending and receiving large files?

  • Are more of your employees working remotely, yet need secure access to the company network?
  • Is wireless connectivity desirable or becoming essential to your business?

  • Is your business growing or planning a move?

  • Do you have an investment in older equipment or equipment from multiple vendors?






Storage Networks Demonstration and Briefing Centers are located in all major cities throughout the United States. These Storage Network resources facilitate on-site or remote interactive demonstrations for select partner products, allowing you to compare products, gain valuable hands-on experience, and get advise from experienced certified Cisco Engineers.


The Corporate Briefing and Demonstration Center also hosts a Pre-production Qualification Test Lab, allowing clients to remotely login, configure a test environment, qualify patch releases or new features, and troubleshoot prior to deploying in a production environment. Storage Networks Corporate Briefing Center is located in Westford, MA. and serves the greater Boston MA, Nashua NH, Providence RI, Hartford CT areas.


Contact Storage Networks to arrange for a Demonstration or to obtain Local Support in your area.


Additional Considerations

  • How important is network uptime to the success of your business? How is your business affected when important applications perform poorly or are offline altogether because of a network outage?

  • How confident are you that your network can support your business's growth as you add more employees and applications?

  • How safe is your business and customer information from network attacks, whether they originate from inside or outside your network? How confident are you in the level of security provided by your current unmanaged or smart switch?

  • How much more productive could your employees be if the network applications they use had more bandwidth and better performance? How confident are you that your network will provide the bandwidth and performance you will need over the next few years?

  • Have you been using piecemeal products to make minute upgrades to your network?

  • Do you want the ability to create separate environments for different users on your network?

  • Are you using unmanaged or smart switches? Would more insight into and control over the way data travels across your network improve the stability and performance of your applications?

  • Are you planning to deploy IP telephony or unified communication solutions? How would you benefit from an infrastructure designed to easily support and integrate these technologies? Have you considered the cost of rewiring power lines to accommodate the new technologies?

  • Are you in a retail environment that requires Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance?



5 Technology Partner Questions

Here are five questions to ask your technology partner:

  1. Do you specialize in working with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)? Cisco has a network of certified partners who specifically focus on providing technology solutions and support to SMBs. Many of these partners are SMBs themselves, so they understand the business challenges you face and the goals you have in mind. Cisco certified partners have proven their qualifications in specialized technologies. They have the training, support, and services to design, deploy, and optimize networking solutions for your business. They also stay up to date on the latest software and hardware changes as well as upcoming Cisco products and solutions.

  2. What do I need to add to my network? A Cisco partner can discuss your business requirements and evaluate your current systems and network infrastructure. From there, a Cisco Partner can present solution options that will meet your needs today, grow with your business over time, and fit within your budget requirements.

  3. How can I minimize my overall costs? An end-to-end solution from Cisco is easier to maintain and support than a piecemeal, multivendor solution. Also, when budgeting for network enhancements, always take into account the cost of any software not included with your hardware purchases; maintenance; training; support; additional staff (if needed); and other factors. Research firm Gartner estimates such indirect costs account for up to 60% of an organization's total technology expenditures. Your Cisco partner can help you budget for all direct and indirect costs related to your network enhancements.

  4. What happens if there's a problem? Ask your partner detailed questions about the support he or she can offer after the sale. For example: Does the partner offer after-hours or emergency support? If so, during what hours is that support available? The specific support levels offered should be detailed in a service level agreement (SLA).

    Also, keep in mind many Cisco partners offer an award-winning technical support service that offers anytime access to Cisco engineers and an extensive range of technical resources.

  5. What do we need to do to prepare? Before the installation, ask your partner what information—about your network, users, business procedures, and security requirements—he or she needs from you to make the network upgrade go as smoothly as possible. Also ask your partner what are the common oversights or challenges businesses like yours face when upgrading their networks, and how you should prepare for them.





Make an Informed Decision

Contact Storage Networks to assist in selecting and integrating the feature set that:

- Accomplishes your IT objectives with minimal risk.
- Minimizes the effort of application integration and management.
- Leverages your current operating systems & resources to meet budget requirements.

Contact a Project Coordinator today.

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