Headaches! The task of a large Google Apps deployment is difficult by itself, but then add a complex network to the mix and what do you get? A migraine!
As an IT professional you know the responsibility of keeping systems of data updated, as well as optimizing the lifecycle of your Google Apps Implementation. In other words, you don’t want your Google Apps network to just function; you want it to rev like a high-performance sports car. If you are in charge of a large network and the implementation of Google Apps, you deserve some help.
Google produced an extensive and valuable document that any IT professional in charge of a complex network should read called, Networking Best Practices for Large Deployments. This article discusses best practices for optimizing your large-scale IP network for Google Apps for Business, Apps for Government, and Apps for Education.
Optimizing your network configuration will help you to improve your Google Apps implementation in the following ways.
- Improve the responsiveness of Google Apps by reducing latency in your IPv4 network.
- Reduce bandwidth consumption by optimizing network routing and network services.
- Predict network performance and capacity needs by collecting baseline metrics for latency, packet loss, and network availability, before your Google Apps implementation begins.
- Reduce upload and download times with Google Apps for large files, such as internal videos and attachments.
- Efficiently migrate data from existing legacy servers into Google Apps.
Even further, this resource will make that engine rev by teaching ways to improve the Life Cycle of Your Google Apps Implementation. The information presented in this guide is associated with multiple milestones of your Google Apps deployment:
- Network Evaluation contains information on evaluating your current network before you deploy Google Apps. While this information may be helpful after you have deployed Google Apps, you will see the best results if you run these evaluations and tests before any other steps.
- Network Configuration includes notes and information on how to set up your network to work best with Google Apps. This section also covers network routing information, IPv4 addresses, protocols and port numbers, proxy server configuration, DNS configuration, firewall setup, and mail server setup.
- Client Configuration provides advice on setting up the environment for your users and includes client information, mobile network expectations, and migration.
- Network Monitoring contains notes on maintenance of your network, and troubleshooting if problems occur after a complete deployment.
The above information is just the tip of a huge iceberg. Download this essential document and start relieving that migraine today.
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