Routers & Routing

  • Introduction

    Why Do You Need a Router?

    Computer networks interoperate with each other in order to share data however each network needs to be separated for IT security and efficiency. This is predominantly achieved by network routing, especially on TCP/IP based networks which are the most used within commercial businesses and homes.

    Introduction
  • The benefits

    The Benefits Why Network Routers Are Vital to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

    Most companies have one or more network routers to enable connectivity from within the business to either other businesses or offices or the internet or a combination of these which make routers key pieces of infrastructure.

    • Without a network router directing traffic to the correct destination it would be isolated to its own network.
    • A router can also determine if there is a failure, for example if a primary route is down, it can try a secondary connection if it is available providing resilience.
    • If the primary route is not available, the router can try an alternate connection to get to the destination. This is typical if an organisation needs a highly available network.
  • Your network

    The Relationship Your Router Has With Your Network

    computer network is a collection of addressable resources with each bit of attached equipment having a local address associated to that network which allows these devices to interoperate. If any device tries to access an address that is not within the local network address space, then it will be forwarded to the network gateway which is typically a core switch or a network router. This will then examine the target address and will forward the data on accordingly. If it is for another part of the business and the addresses are listed as targets or routes on another device, then the router will forward it on. If the address is unknown, then the default would typically be to forward the data to the internet to see if address servers there can resolve the target.

  • The solution

    Your Routers and Routing Installed and Configured for Your Needs

    Private network address spaces and routing go hand in hand, but a lot of sites are deployed with out of the box, default network addresses which they do not change, the most common being 192.168.1.0/24 which can lead to difficulties, especially when building virtual private networks (VPN) because, like with anything that has an address, you need a source and target to be different.

    When deploying routers and routing we ensure a solid network design and clear network addressing underpinning it to ensure all internal and external routing is configured correctly.

    The Silver Cloud Business can help your business with network design and router configuration to ensure you have the most robust solution to fit your network needs.

Featured Case Study

  • Sector / Charity

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

    Introduction 

    Our Client 

    The Trussell Trust is a leading anti-poverty charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks. Together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign for change to create a hunger free future where food banks are no longer needed. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network, roughly two thirds of all the food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust supports these food banks to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food parcels to people in crisis who have been referred to them by advice agencies, GPs, schools, and others. Food banks also offer people support and guidance to help them resolve the crises they are facing.

    The Problem

    Inconsistent software across workstations and laptops, outdated servers and a need for a more flexible working environment

    The Trussell Trust was running a fully supported version of Windows server in a hypervisor environment with VM’s running Active Directory and Exchange 2010 and file shares.

    Workstations and laptops were running a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Office 2010. A 2008 R2 terminal server was being used for remote access and was due to go out of support with Microsoft.

    The organisation wanted to get all IT systems, workstations, and laptops running supported software and the latest Microsoft Office applications.

    They also wanted to get away from the old version of Microsoft Exchange and move their files to the cloud and migrate into SharePoint to become less reliant on on-premise servers and remove the 2008 R2 Terminal server.

    The Solution

    Utilising the full suite of Microsoft Office tools to ensure consistency and efficiency 

    • A new Microsoft 365 tenant was created using the not-for-profit portal. AD Sync tool was installed into their on-prem environment and their Active directory was synced up with M365 in full hybrid mode.
    • Once all machines were upgraded, the email hosting on Exchange 2010 was migrated using the cutover migration process to cloud-based Exchange online. This was done with no email downtime for the users.
    • Once the mail was all cut over, the Exchange 2010 server was de-commissioned and switched off.
    • As soon as the Trussell Trust was able to proceed with the migration of files to SharePoint, this was done using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool in a staged manner to avoid users not being able to access file shares.
    • Once each share was migrated it was made read-only on the on-premises systems for reference purposes only and to ensure continuity of data.
    • Microsoft Teams was also deployed during this stage to make every user experience much easier and more flexible.
    • The only exception to the SharePoint Migration was the Accounts files that were required to stay on-premises due to the accounting package in use. However, we were able to utilise the Direct Access system that was deployed earlier in the project to assist with remote access to this.

    The Outcome

    Fully supported and up-to-date in a Hybrid cloud environment

    The finished project meant that the organisation is now running its IT systems on fully supported software and operating systems, with the latest office applications in a Hybrid cloud environment. Staff are able to work much more efficiently moving forward with flexible working, with the majority of their systems fully cloud-based.

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

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