Your Network Infrastructure is the "circulatory" system of your data/voice network. Issues with any portion of this “dgital highway” can detrimentally affect business operations, particularly when adding voice traffic. While a topic that is rather mundane, it is something that is vital to the overall success in any project in which we are engaged.

The following is presented as a condensed overview of CPS’ capabilities within this area. Our engineers are certified in Cisco Systems and HP Products and can readily assist your firm with design, implementation and/or troubleshooting.

Cabling
At the most basic level of infrastructure CPS can rapidly identify cabling issues that are causing performance issues for users. CPS is not a cabling vendor or installer; however, we work closely with reliable local partners that ensure your “data infrastructure” is operating at peak performance.

Switching (Local Area Networks)
Network switches have supplanted older concentrators and hubs providing connectivity to workstations and servers. In turn, switches have evolved to not only providing layer 2 connectivity, but in many cases can be used as routing (layer 3) devices. Even more advanced switching devices are now application aware. Overall, the ordinary switch has evolved into a complex interaction of multiple communications layers that condense, augment and enhance workstation/server connectivity. CPS has extensive experience with both Cisco Systems and HP ProCurve products, within the following areas:

•  VLAN (Virtual LAN) tagging, switching and routing
•  Class of Service (Differentiated Services)
•  Distributed Switching Architectures (Core/Edge)
•  Routing

CPS has extensive experience with the following switches:

•  Cisco Systems Catalyst Series: 2900, 3500, 4000, 5500, 6500.
•  HP ProCurve Series: V19xx, E26xx, A51xx, E3800, E4800G, E5500G, E62xx, A58xx, E4200vl, E5400zl, A10500.

Routing (Wide Area Networks)
Routers are and have been a significant aspect of any network. A firm’s connection to the Internet is probably the most obvious example for the average person. As routers and switches have slowly been merged into multi-functional units, there are many cases in which standalone routers are the most viable solution for medium sized businesses. Typically these situations arise due to redundancy, routing protocols or constraints associated with the significant cost of newer switches with multi-protocol routing capabilities. CPS implements and supports Cisco Systems platforms in these situations. Our experience covers the following routing protocols:

•  IGRP
•  EIGRP
•  OSPF
•  BGP (limited to management networks)

Wireless
Most organizations have reached a point where personnel need the flexibility of not being bound to a wired connection to access network resources. While wireless networks are common in offices today, it is surprising how many have been installed and configured without security, or without changing security measures over time. Just last year, CPS was engaged to discover how sensitive internal data was seemingly disappearing from Servers from one day to the next.  Our investigation found that a former employee was connecting to their servers via the wireless network whose secure password had never been changed - among other issues. Additionally, CPS has been involved in several projects aiding customers in reconfiguring their wireless networks to remedy performance issues.

As part of our infrastructure solutions, CPS’ can assist your firm in ensuring that your existing (or new) wireless network is as secure and functional as your wired network.