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Introduction to the netWorks Application

Overview

Communications networks -voice and data - are key strategic assets for any size business or organization, and their importance to success grows every day. The combination of new technology, industry deregulation, mergers, and increased competition has forced network service and equipment providers not only to upgrade their own networks and equipment but also to offer many new services and equipment to their customers. Both providers and users of this rapidly changing technology need powerful tools to help them manage and exploit their network investments. The netWorks application addresses this need and can be used to

Communication networks are expensive and are continually evolving, so it is important to keep an accurate record of your installed equipment and network configuration. You can use the netWorks application to create a schematic of your network, which displays all installed equipment and its current location.

If you need to build a new network, or if you are considering upgrading an existing network, you can use this application to model and evaluate different possibilities. By constructing network models of competitive proposals and then sampling the performance characteristics of your potential configurations through simulations, you can decide which proposal best fits your needs.

Another important use of the netWorks application is as a repository of network equipment specifications and details. By keeping up-to-date information on network equipment options in a single, easily accessible location, you can not only make network modification decisions in a timely and effective manner, but you can also make this information readily available to others in your organization.

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