Upgrading your network can be a tricky task since it is incorporated in every aspect of a business’s IT infrastructure, and one wrong thing could impact a wide range of users. From end-users and server admin to the application developer, the impact of network upgrades can be huge.

Whenever an application server is upgraded, only the employees using that application server will be affected, while the rest won’t feel a thing. There are other applications that employees use, and an application server upgrade will only impact a subset of users. On the other hand, network upgrades can affect a huge chunk of users, even outside IT.

The impact scale is vast because the network is a fundamental component of an enterprise and goes beyond local applications. The Network Security Device upgrades can cause more disturbance in your organization than any other IT updates, which is why a network upgrade plan should be your first step. Whether you have to upgrade network switches at a remote office, replace a wireless network, or want to implement the latest network technologies into your data centers. Implement the tried-and-true practice for each of the network upgrades.

The below-mentioned best practices are based on the goal of having a successful network upgrade:

  1. Use a network solution that meets your business requirements.
  2. Understand the impact each upgrade will bring during and after the upgrade.
  3. Perform the upgrade in a way that minimally impacts your business.
  4. Ensure that the upgrade is completely supported after the process is completed.