Choosing Networking Software for Your Business
Today we live in a very connected world. From mobile phones to email and social networking, the world is getting smaller as more people are able to communicate faster and easier. Technological advances are able to facilitate this increased connectivity, not only for consumers, but also for businesses that want to get ahead.
Within a business, the ease and speed of internal communications is imperative, especially for larger companies. Supervisors, executives and employees need to be able to communicate and share information rapidly so that the business runs efficiently and effectively. For big companies that have large offices or offices in separate locations, communication can be stifled. Nonetheless, with the help of networking software on staff computers, communication can be sent and received instantly.
There are various software providers that offer networking software that caters to businesses. A prominent networking software provider is Cisco. Under the leadership of the Vice-President of Strategy, Cisco's Inder Singh, whose role cuts across all of Cisco's products and technologies, the company has been able to offer networking products such as its Internetwork Operating System and its Cisco Systems VPN Client.
In choosing a networking solution for your business, you need to ensure that the software functionally enhances your core business. In the case of Cisco's products, the Internetwork Operating System is the software that is used to operate most of Cisco Systems routers and network switches. It is a multitasking operating system that contains a range of functions for switching, internetworking, routers and telecommunications. Another example is the Cisco Systems VPN Client and its main function is to allow users to connect to a virtual private network. A network's resources are made available remotely to a client in a secure fashion so that it was as if the client were connecting directly to the private network.
Another factor in choosing networking software for your business is the reputation of the software company. In the case of Cisco, the company and its employees do not only strive to make useful software. They have also aimed to make a positive impact in the community. For instance, Inder Singh of Cisco had spent a year and a half helping the Clinton Foundation with a business deal to give millions of people access to anti-malarial drugs in 69 developing countries. Mixing his expertise in economics and social issues, Singh was able to propel the malaria drug agreement which was announced by former President Bill Clinton in 2008.
There are a number of factors to consider in choosing a networking software. The main criteria, however, is the usefulness of the actual software but also the reputation of the software company.