Standards

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Secant’s engineers have collaborated to develop and evolve a large set of intellectual property documents that we call “Secant Standards”.  These are documents that describe best practices for deployment, configuration, design, and documentation for various technologies.  Many years of experience, research, development, and refinement are reflected in our standards. 

Secant Standards are the results of many years of real-world experience and refinement. When Secant consults on or implements a technology project, you’re not just getting the experience of an individual or a few individuals -- you’re getting the experience of many individuals that have contributed to our standards over the years. 

Secant is pleased to publicly release several key technology standards for reference by customers and our industry because we believe strongly in the need to share fundamental best practices.  Many of our customers have already adopted these standards with great success.   Our IP Addressing standard in particular has been very successful in vastly improving hundreds of network environments.   

We are always striving to update our standards for the latest best practices and we welcome any feedback and suggestions.  Please utilize these standards and experience the benefits that come from using standards. Check back periodically for updates.  We love standards and we hope you do too!

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Here are 10 reasons why standards are a vital part of working with technology:

  1. Efficiency – Standards help streamline the process of deploying, managing, and configuring technology.
  2. Scalability – Implementing the right technology and configuring for future growth leads to greater scalability and greater return on investment.
  3. Security – Security in technology should never be overlooked.  Standards help maintain a high level of security with each piece of technology being deployed.
  4. Manageability – Consistent configurations and deployments lead to greater manageability.  It’s one thing to maintain a network with many devices, but it’s even more difficult to maintain a network with many devices all configured differently.
  5. Documentation – Standards allow for a common approach to documentation, which leads to more efficient troubleshooting and better decision making.
  6. Predictability – Having standards leads to predictable behavior for technology solutions, which leads to less need for ongoing troubleshooting.
  7. Flexibility – Standards implement best practices, which provide greater flexibility when future changes are needed, allowing the technology infrastructure to grow and adapt to new business needs.
  8. Performance – Configuration in technology can greatly affect how the technology performs.  We always optimize our configurations with performance in mind.
  9. Resiliency – When technology is not designed and configured appropriately, a small change in the environment can result in major outages.  We always plan for the appropriate level of fault tolerance to meet the availability needs of the organization.
  10. Visibility – The best way to maintain a technology environment includes having a high level of visibility of the environment at all times.  We always plan for appropriate monitoring and alerting so that problems are identified as soon as possible.
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