Routers Switches Networking Equipment Installations & Support
Routers & Switches are used to connect networks and devices together enabling communication between each other through the creation of routing and mac address tables. Allowing devices to locate one another on a local or wide area networks. Once located a packet switched circuit is created to facilitate communication across many networks and devices as if the devices were directly connected. We incorporate some of the latest technologies such as software defined networking (SDN), SD-WAN and route optimization technology. Then embracing new topologies like leaf-spine which is more suited for the cloud era.
Network Top of Rack (ToR) 1U Switches
White Label Switches & Routers
This is something tat has really picked up speed in the last five years or so with companies like Facebook and Google. Who realized how much more they were paying for equipment from companies like Cisco and Juniper the leaders in the industry. Then to top it off their equipment didn’t have the features they want and lack the open source programability to add those features. Out of this was born the white label switches and routers with run on commodity hardware from the likes of Quanta and Broadcom which in a lot of cases is the same hardware found in those big name brand products. Running an open source purpose built Linux operating system. Which provides the programability and enhanced security in a world of state sponsored spying. Facebook even released their own publicly downloadable open source Linux operating system for routers and switches. The saving can be tremendous if your alright not having the support community that Cisco and Juniper have.
The ability to analyze many active internet connections at once for metrics such as jitter, latency, hop count, throughput, loss, unreachable networks & custom. Then using what its learned directs traffic as which route to take by making updates to the routing tables. Then by combining the data from many of the devices you get insight in to network issues happening beyond the next hop.
Route Optimization Explanation Diagram
Internet Fail Over
Having a primary and a fail over internet connection. The fail over connection could be a broadband provider, 4G LTE, DSL, T1 or 5G when available. In conjunction with a device that has more than one WAN port with the ability to sense an outage and two access control lists one for each provider.
Automated Internet Failover
Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM)
Is a numerical masking sequence, or IP address subset, based on overall network requirements. A VLSM allows a network administrator to use long masks for networks with few hosts and short masks for networks with multiple hosts.
Port Bonding or EtherChannels
The ability to take two or more Ethernet ports and link them together for the purpose of increasing bandwidth between switches or redundancy. Should be done in any business grade network with three or more switches especially in the case of non redundant physical units.
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Is the most widely used open source internal routing protocol with support for a large amount of connected devices. Utilized on layer 3 switches in medium to large local area networks.
Intermediate System Intermediate System (IS-IS)
Not to be confused with the terrorist group. Is an open source internal routing protocol used on networks with the largest amount of connected devices. Utilized on layer 3 switches in very large local area networks.
Internal Border Gateway Protocol (iBGP)
Is a term used to describe an area of BGP operation that runs within an organization or autonomous system. iBGP could be said to be one of the peers of BGP routers. Routes can be injected from the iGBP into eBGP, vise versa.
External Border Gateway Protocol (eBGP)
Is a BGP term or process used when referring to BGP peers or neighbors that are in a different Autonomous System and Number (ASN). In other words, eBGP is used to exchange route information between different autonomous systems.
An Ethernet fabric is a type of network topology that collapses traditional three-tier data center switching architectures into one or two tiers, ensures network traffic is never more than two hops away from its destination and operationally behaves like one big switch.
The Spine layer (made up of switches that perform routing) is the backbone of the network, where every Leaf switch is interconnected with each and every Spine switch. This type of network is for data center architectures with a focus on “East-West” network traffic. Especially important in cloud based networks and systems as there is a lot of east west traffic.
Spine Leaf vs Traditional 3 Tier Switching Topology
Helps facilitate the connection of geographically dispersed offices together over several types of connection mediums, such as the internet, MPLS, Metro Ethernet and wireless technologies such as 4G LTE and the upcoming 5G standard. Also performs several router-centric WAN services such as QoS, traffic shaping, route optimization, data compression and ACLs.
SD-WAN Explained Diagram
Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Is an approach to network management that enables dynamic, programmatically efficient network configuration in order to improve network performance and monitoring making it more like cloud computing than traditional network management.
Traditional vs Software Defined Network
We support all major brands of hardware or software routers and switches including Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Alcatel Lucent, HP, Dell, Aruba, Avaya, Extreme, Netgear, Linksys, D-link, Quanta, Pica8 and Huawei.