IP NETWORKS


The success of any organization is dependant on the effectiveness of its communications. Whether it's using the phone, video, or the PC good communications is essential. A truly converged network will be used to communicate with customers, capture and retrieve data, and to provide access to critical systems, so its importance can not be understated. UST Networks business Solutions has been supplying data networks into critical environments for years, which means we understand the importance of availability. Our reputation and that of our customers, depends on ensuring maximum network availability in all the systems we provide.


Local Area Network (LAN)

supplies networking capability to a group of computers in close proximity to each other such as in an office building, a school, or a home. A LAN is useful for sharing resources like files, printers, or other applications. A LAN in turn often connects to other LANs, and to the Internet or other WAN. Wireless LAN and other more advanced LAN hardware options also exist.


Wide Area Network (WAN)

spans a large geographic area, such as a state, province or country. WANs often connect multiple smaller networks, such as local area networks (LANs) or metro area networks (MANs).
The world's most popular WAN is the Internet. Some segments of the Internet, like VPN-based extranets, are also WANs in themselves. Finally, many WANs are corporate or research networks that utilize leased lines.
WANs generally utilize different and much more expensive networking equipment than do LANs. Key technologies often found in WANs include SONET, Frame Relay, and ATM.



Storage Area Network (SAN)

is a type of local area network (LAN) designed to handle large data transfers. A SAN typically supports data storage, retrieval and replication on business networks using high-end servers, multiple disk arrays and Fibre Channel interconnection technology.

SAN technology is similar but distinct from network attached storage (NAS) technology. While SANs traditionally employ low-level network protocols for transfering disk blocks, a NAS device typically works over TCP/IP.

The term SAN can sometimes refer to system area networks instead of a storage area network. System area networks are clusters of high performance computers used for distributed processing applications requiring fast local network performance. Storage area networks, on the other, are designed specifically for data management.



Remote Access

with the need to improve work / life balance, coupled with the drive to minimise office costs, remote access to centralised resources is becoming more important for home and mobile workers.