Wednesday, January 6

A New Year Brings New Challenges: Is Your Business Ready?

by Alex Repola

As the holidays pass and we all return to work, we, well at least I, start looking at how I can be more efficient in my day-to-day activities, boosting productivity in the long run for myself and my organization. Sometimes this means assessing what I'm currently doing and looking at different ways to continue to be a fierce competitor in the market place.

Depending on where your business is currently and where you see yourselves down the road, there are some things to consider when planning an IT network for your organization. defines a network as the grouping of hardware devices and software components which are necessary to connect devices within the organization and to connect the organization to other organizations and the Internet.

  • Example of hardware used within a network is a network interface card (NIC), computers, cabling, etc.

  • Examples of software within a network are protocols and network services which help the different network components communicate.

The first steps generally include installing and configuring the hardware, followed by installing the operating system and the software into the network infrastructure. Something very important to remember is that the operating system (OS), is considered to be the main software component within the network infrastructure, for it holds network communication protocols that allow networks to communicate. The OS also includes security applications to protect the network from outside threats.

As you start to assess whether your organization needs server capabilities, having a network infrastructure in place gives you and other users the backbone and support you need to start bringing on more hardware (i.e. file and print servers, web and messaging servers, database servers, and application servers).

During formulating stages of building a network infrastructure, suggests some key elements that need to be determined as you move forward:

  • Determine which physical hardware components are needed for the network infrastructure which you want to implement.

  • Determine software components needed for the infrastructure.

  • Determine location, installation, and configuration options for all hardware and software.

Read more about key elements your organization needs to think about when looking at implementing a network infrastructure.

As a business owner, these tasks can be very daunting and even knowing where to start can be a headache in itself. If you haven't figured it out by now, here's the skinny; QeH2 has an extensive business and IT support background and we believe in taking a business approach to information technology services. We’ve been in your shoes and saw an opportunity to provide a better solution to the small to mid-sized business. QeH2’s goal is to ignite business by leveraging information and technology to improve efficiencies, reduce overhead, and move your business forward. Technology is one of your most valuable assets and we know how to help you take full advantage of the resources you have been fighting with for years.

QeH2 is very agnostic to what hardware and software is used within your environment, keeping our focus on what the absolute best solution is for your organization. We have done our homework in many different areas and can bring you ideas, allowing you to make an educated decision on what you would like to see happen within the IT infrastructure and what the budget allows for. QeH2 can also help you with your computer networking as well as network security needs.

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