What is Distributed Network Architecture And How Does it Benefit Your Organization?
A distributed network architecture is a system that comes with several advantages that can significantly benefit your organisation. A distributed network architecture takes care of three main aspects of systems with large networks.
With distributed network architecture a single central control system can be maintained, but the load can be distributed among several local sites. These sites can be physically separated from each other but connected via the internet. And, if one system fails, the others can continue to work without being affected.
With single servers, there is always the possibility of an overload as the network grows. Single servers are also prone to the whole network going down if the server is affected. With a distributed system the load is shared among the different systems which makes networking quicker and more efficient.
There is no loss of configuration if the central server experiences any problems because it is distributed among the secondary systems.
However, the central system also has the advantage of being able to oversee all operations, make security changes, and view the status of the other sites.
Updates and changes made on the central server can seamlessly be integrated with the whole distributed network without a problem.
The dual advantage of having a central seat of power but sharing the load of decision making with local sites makes for a more secure and efficient system.
How Does Distributed Network Architecture Work?
In a distributed network architecture there are multiple systems that all interact with each other but are also capable of functioning on their own.
There is one main system that is connected to the others, and that system can have control over the others.
However, each system also has the autonomy to be able to work independently of the other systems of the network.
Each node on the system has an administrator, and the tasks that each administrator has control over can be determined by the central node.
Each of the sites on the distributed network can vary in size, and some could have thousands of devices connected to the network while some might just have a few. Regardless of the size of each site, all the devices can ultimately be connected back to the center.
What Are the Benefits of Distributed Network Architecture?
A distributed network architecture makes scalability a lot simpler than single networks. Because the load is distributed, new devices can be added and configured to the network without much disruption to the whole network.
In case of a single network, too many devices can slow the system down and overwhelm the server. This won’t happen with a distributed network.
The administrator of the central network can have as much or as little control as required at each time. This administrator can delegate tasks to node administrators and concentrate on other tasks at hand.
However, as soon as a check or upgrade of the entire distributed network is required, the central administrator can take charge of that. The central administrator, has access, to all the nodes, from the one system, and doesn’t require multiple logins to access them all.
Because of the way the distributed network architecture is set up the system is more robust and reliable. It uses less bandwidth and can tolerate hardware or network failures much better than a single system. Also, if files on one system get corrupted, it doesn’t affect the entire system.
With a distributed network architecture in place companies that have networks of a large number of devices, can be more secure and tolerant to setbacks.
How Does Having a Security and Network Device Automated Management Solution, on the Distributed Network Architecture, Help?
The purpose of an automated management solution for security and network devices is to perform various tasks to backup and preserve configurations.
These tasks include:
- Automated Backup and Recovery.
- Network Task Automation.
- Inventory Management.
- Network Visualizations.
- Checks and Trends.
- Access Management.
- Automated Disaster Recovery.
- Backup Verification.
- Centralized Device Management.
- Dynamic Inventory.
For organizations with not just a large number of devices, but also devices at different locations, it can be a nightmare to sync the configuration management of every device. If the organization already uses distributed network architecture, then using the system for the management solution works to a great advantage.
The automated security and network device management solutions can be uploaded to the central system on the distributed network, and from there it can be sent to the various nodes which in turn distribute it to the devices on the local network. The system helps to reduce both costs and time and makes configuration management more efficient.
The distributed network architecture allows the different administrators management access from their nodes. From these nodes, the required operational tasks can be enforced, and status information and backup configuration files can be collected. The information and files can then be transferred to a single management system.
All the automated tasks can be carried out from the central system and can synchronize the information. This type of architecture eliminates the need for multiple firewall rules when backing up remote devices, and it enables data redundancy between the management and agent systems, providing an additional layer of redundancy.
Virtual systems can also be added on to the network and synced with the management solution. Every administrator can view the devices assigned to them and manage their own network. This system helps to ease the load of the center especially if there is a large number of devices on the network. Using the management solution on a distributed network architecture ensures that all the devices are covered under the automated tasks.
BackBox gives users the option to distribute the architecture giving room for a more efficient running of automated tasks across large networks.
The feature is very useful at the time of configuration and security upgrades and also for configuration backup and verification.
When a company installs the BackBox security and security device management solutions, it is ensuring the smooth and complete protection of all their networked systems