Build a Resilient & Reliable Retail Network with FS Retail Solutions
Retail businesses rely on a dependable network to function. A resilient and reliable network ensures business continuity, improves customer experience, and enhances productivity. In recent years, retailers have faced significant changes due to the rise of e-commerce, which has created increased competition and expectations from customers.
This article outlines key factors retailers need to consider when building a resilient and reliable network and highlights how FS retail solutions can help retailers meet these requirements.
Key Factors to Consider
When building a resilient and reliable network, retailers need to consider several factors to ensure their network is robust and can handle the demands of modern retail.
Bandwidth and Application Needs
Retailers must determine their network bandwidth requirements to support their applications and services. They must consider the number of devices that will be connected to the network, the amount of data that will be transmitted, and the network's speed requirements.
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers require a network capable of handling large amounts of data. This means high-speed connections, high bandwidth, and low latency. Retailers must also consider their future needs and plan for scalability.
Alternatives to Legacy Connectivity Options
Retailers also need to consider alternative options for high-bandwidth applications, such as implementing secondary networks or using broadband bonding rather than relying on a single high-capacity circuit. Retailers may also want to consider using IPSec virtual private networks (VPNs) as an alternative to multiprotocol label switching (MPLS).
By evaluating these alternative options to their legacy, cost-prohibitive connectivity options, retailers can optimize their network infrastructure to achieve maximum RoI.
Moving Other Systems onto the Network
Retailers can improve the reliability and resilience of their network by moving other systems, such as phone and security systems, onto the network. This reduces the number of physical systems that must be managed, reducing complexity and improving reliability.
By moving other systems onto the network, retailers can also enhance their system's functionality. For example, by moving security systems onto the network, retailers can monitor their stores remotely and integrate their security systems with other systems such as access control and video surveillance.
Build a Resilient & Reliable Network with FS Retail Solutions
FS retail solutions offer a range of products and services designed to help retailers build resilient and reliable networks.
Flexible Wired Infrastructure
FS offers a range of switches, routers, and other networking products designed to provide high-speed and reliable connectivity. For example, the FS S5860-20SQ switch has 10G/25G/40G ports for flexible retail network deployments. S3910-24TF and S3410-24TF-P switches both have cutting-edge Broadcom BCM56152 chips to deliver high network performance. FS switches support a variety of network security strategies to ensure the reliability and flexibility of the whole retail network.
Airware Cloud Management
FS Airware cloud management platform is a cloud-based management solution designed to simplify the management of retail networks. Airware provides real-time visibility into network performance, allowing retailers to quickly identify and resolve issues.
Airware also offers advanced security features, such as intrusion detection and prevention, to protect retailers' networks from cyber threats. Airware is also scalable, allowing retailers to expand their networks as their business grows.
Retail-Built Wi-Fi 6
Retail-Built Wi-Fi 6 AP-N505 offers fast and reliable connectivity, with seamless roaming and 2x2 MU-MIMO Dual Radios to optimize network performance. It is designed to be deployed quickly and easily, reducing the time and cost of deployment. Managed via Airware cloud, AP-N505 is highly scalable, allowing retailers to expand their network as their business grows.
FS offers custom services to help retailers design and deploy a resilient and reliable network. FS tech support team works with retailers to understand their specific requirements and develop a tailored solution that meets their needs. The feasibility of solutions can be verified through test scenario analysis, design, and implementation. This ensures that retailers have a reliable and robust network that meets their requirements.
In conclusion, retailers need to ensure their networks are capable of handling the growing demand for fast, reliable, and secure connectivity to support their business objectives. A number of key factors need to be taken into consideration. To know more about how FS helps retailers build a resilient and reliable network, check out FS retail solutions.