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It’s no secret that a reliable and secure network is essential for any modern business. With the ever-increasing complexity and threat of cybersecurity attacks, business leaders must always be on the offensive when it comes to protecting their networks.

One way to add a layer of protection to your network and business is through a secondary network. A secondary network is completely independent of your business’s primary network but offers the same functionality and capabilities. Companies can dedicate a secondary network for a singular purpose or multiple services, giving them great flexibility when implemented.

There are many benefits of running a secondary network for your business. Below, we discuss the primary benefits a secondary network offers and why you would consider one. Additionally, if you partner with a managed networks provider, they can manage your secondary network for you thereby offloading some of the burden on your internal IT staff.

1. Increased Security

In today’s digital age, cybersecurity is one of the most pressing challenges for businesses. Cyberattacks can result in data breaches, loss of revenue, and damage to a company’s reputation. Dedicating a secondary network for your business provides an extra layer of security, ensuring that if one network is compromised, the other can continue to operate.

A secondary network helps ensure business continuity and protects sensitive data during an emergency. Having a completely separate firewall and a separate Internet connection allows the secondary network to enhance overall network security.

2. Better Performance

Bandwidth consumption is a critical factor that affects the performance of every network. With a dedicated secondary network, bandwidth usage on one network does not impact the other, ensuring better performance for each, even during periods of high-volume traffic.

Applications that may require high bandwidth, such as video surveillance or IoT devices that may generate traffic that isn’t suitable to mix with other corporate applications and traffic, can operate smoothly without affecting other network services when running on a secondary network. Moreover, having a dedicated secondary network can also help reduce network congestion, which can lead to slow performance and downtime. Businesses can use the secondary network to offload bandwidth-intensive applications, ensuring their primary network is always available for critical business operations.

3. Simplified IT Operations

Managing a complex network environment can be a daunting task for IT personnel. But when partnering with a managed networks provider, they can manage the entire secondary network for you, allowing your IT team to focus on your primary network’s function and performance. In this way, a secondary network can simplify operations and reduce workload, enabling IT personnel to work more efficiently.

In addition to reducing workload, having a dedicated secondary network can create cost savings opportunities for businesses. It eliminates the need to purchase additional hardware and software licenses for managing multiple networks, which can be expensive. Moreover, having a dedicated secondary network frees up resources that you can use for other strategic initiatives, such as digital transformation or improving customer experiences.

4. Third-Party Vendor Support

Integrating new technology onto an existing network can be challenging, especially if it requires significant bandwidth, resources, or time from your IT team. With a dedicated secondary network, businesses can seamlessly integrate new technology without the worry of it slowing down the primary network.

Having a dedicated secondary network means businesses can test new applications or devices without impacting critical business operations. It also eliminates the risk of conflicts between new and existing network services, ensuring the primary network remains stable and reliable. Businesses can test and implement new technology and services more quickly, giving them a competitive advantage in the market.

5. Advanced Network Reporting and Analysis

Network performance reporting is an essential part of network management. With a dedicated secondary network, businesses can receive in-depth periodic reporting on network performance, which can help guide strategic initiatives and future goals.

Access to detailed network performance reports can help businesses identify potential issues before they become significant problems. It can also help IT personnel make informed decisions about network upgrades or changes to improve network performance. Businesses can more effectively optimize their network usage with network reporting.

Have a Managed Network Provider Handle Your Secondary Network for You

When adding a secondary network to your business, partnering with a managed network security provider can help you get the most benefits. At Vector Security Networks, we have the expertise to ensure your secondary network is secure, up-to-date, and running optimally.

We can also help you integrate new technologies onto the network, with minimal assistance on your end, and be there to help you respond to an attack if one occurs. If you want to learn more about the benefits of a secondary network and how it could impact your business and help you plan for the future, contact us today.

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