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How to calculate network bandwidth requirements

Figuring out how to calculate bandwidth requirements is vital to ensuring your network runs smoothly, and it's best to get the formula correct from the beginning.

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  • How types of noise in data communication systems affect the network

    Learn about the different types of noise in data communication -- including thermal, intermodulation, cross-talk, impulse and shot noise -- and how they can affect your network.

  • VPN

    A virtual private network creates an encrypted connection over a less secure network when the network infrastructure cannot provide enough security to connected systems.

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  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

  • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)

    ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a set of CCITT/ITU standards for digital transmission over ordinary telephone copper wire, as well as over other media.

  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

    File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a client-server standard used to transfer files between computers over the Internet using control and data channels.

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Telecom Services

Telecommunication carrier services often make up the largest portion of an enterprise's IT budget, so choosing the right services is critical. The options are many and relationships can be complex, especially when a distributed network spans multiple countries or continents. This section presents the latest on the available choices, including purchasing bandwidth like T1 lines, managed services, and emerging services like SaaS and cloud computing, as well as best practices on how to evaluate the services you're receiving and negotiating with telecom providers.

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  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

  • Network Address Translation (NAT)

    A NAT (Network Address Translation or Network Address Translator) is the virtualization of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

  • managed service provider (MSP)

    A managed service provider (MSP) is a company that remotely manages a customer's IT infrastructure.

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VPNs/Security

Here you'll find advice and news to help you design, manage and troubleshoot secure VPNs and remote access and to ensure that your WAN is protected from threats that lurk on the Internet or target the applications you're running. Our resources provide information about IPsec and SSL VPN design, setup and configuration, secure remote access, and Web and application security.

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  • virtual private network (VPN)

    A virtual private network creates an encrypted connection over a less secure network when the network infrastructure cannot provide enough security to connected systems.

  • Network Address Translation (NAT)

    A NAT (Network Address Translation or Network Address Translator) is the virtualization of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

  • dynamic multipoint VPN (DMVPN)

    A dynamic multipoint virtual private network (DMVPN) is a secure network that exchanges data between sites without needing to pass traffic through an organization's headquarter VPN server or router.

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WAN Design

Network design is the basis for every WAN and the most crucial part to get right. Here we cover best practices and strategies for WAN design, including considerations for WAN capacity planning and bandwidth management, branch office network design, network disaster recovery planning methods, WWAN and mesh network planning and VPN design.

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  • disaster recovery plan (DRP)

    A company's disaster recovery policy is enhanced with a documented DR plan that formulates strategies, and outlines preparation work and testing.

  • frame relay

    Frame relay is an affordable way to transmit switched-packet data within LANs and WANs.

  • bandwidth

    Definition: Learn what bandwidth is and how the term is used as a synonym for signal frequency range, data transfer rate and capacity.

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Infrastructure

Equipping your WAN with the right network hardware and technology is essential to providing your users with the connectivity, services and applications they need. Here you'll find resources on WAN network hardware and infrastructure, WAN protocols and IP networking, including IPv6. You'll learn how to build a WAN that meets today's complex networking challenges.

Recent Definitions

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

  • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)

    ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a set of CCITT/ITU standards for digital transmission over ordinary telephone copper wire, as well as over other media.

  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

    File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a client-server standard used to transfer files between computers over the Internet using control and data channels.

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Optimization/Application Performance

WAN optimization can help ensure efficient and fast applications delivery on the network. Learn how WAN optimization and application acceleration can help manage traffic on the WAN, how to understand and manage application performance, how to monitor the WAN to prevent application bottlenecks, and how to manage applications and systems remotely.

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  • 4K video resolution

    4K video resolution is high-definition (HD) video that has four times the resolution of 1080p HD video.

  • Space Communications Protocol Specifications (SCPS)

    Space Communications Protocol Specifications (SCPS) are designed to improve communications reliability, error checking, efficiency and performance in ground, manned craft and satellite inter-communications.

  • byte caching

    Byte caching is a method of reducing the amount of repetitious data that is sent back and forth in a network as a means of streamlining network performance.

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  • business continuity plan (BCP)

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    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

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    SSD RAID (solid-state drive RAID) is a methodology commonly used to protect data by distributing redundant data blocks across ...

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