A VLAN from Storm Internet allows you to connect multiple servers together so that they are able to securely communicate with one another via a private network.
This operates by segmenting a single local area network into smaller, more manageable virtual networks by using a dedicated custom-configured switch. Compared to traditional single-LAN networks, VLANs offer enhanced efficient internal bandwidth usage and better security.
Why choose a VLAN?
The switch, being the main component of a VLAN, allows precision control of the services each user can access. This eliminates connections made by unauthorised personnel, and protects sensitive services and data. Storm Internet's fully-managed VLAN service eliminates the need for internal technical staff and additional equipment expenses, by providing 24/7 network monitoring and management by skilled and qualified network administrators.
VLANs limit broadcast traffic to the virtual network, thus increasing the overall speed of the network, and freeing up system resources on individual workstations for better performance. The resulting networking environment is ideal for bandwidth-intensive servers and applications.
With more than 4093 possible VLANs available, the number of connections to a VLAN simply depends on the number of possible physical connections. Servers and terminals on different switches can be configured to run on single or multiple VLANs, making it possible to create custom configurations that satisfy operational requirements.
Where VLANs Are Used
VLANs are used in network configurations where there are a large number of users or servers running bandwidth-intensive applications.
- Server Isolation
Businesses running multiple in-house servers can increase security and network performance by separating servers from workstations. Workstations can be granted access to some or all services on the server, without being subject to broadcast traffic between the servers themselves.
- Virtual Workgroups
Teams that work on the same hosted applications can be separated from other network users to enhance network traffic capacity, thus eliminating potential network disruptions and increasing productivity. Yet these teams can still be allowed access to network services hosted on other VLANs, like email and the internet.
- Visitor Networks
Need to provide visitors with internet access? VLANs eliminate the need for additional internet connections by allowing access to the default connection while separating visitor traffic from internal company traffic. Bandwidth throughput can be limited, while the inherent nature of a VLAN protects sensitive data and applications from accidental access by visitors.