Network Infrastructure

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What Does Network Infrastructure Mean?

Network infrastructure is the hardware and software resources of an entire network that enable network connectivity, communication, operations and management of an enterprise network. It provides the communication path and services between users, processes, applications, services and external networks/the internet.

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Techopedia Explains Network Infrastructure

Network infrastructure is typically part of the IT infrastructure found in most enterprise IT environments. The entire network infrastructure is interconnected, and can be used for internal communications, external communications or both. A typical network infrastructure includes:

    • Networking Hardware:
      • Routers
      • Switches
      • LAN cards
      • Wireless routers
      • Cables

 

    • Networking Software:
      • Network operations and management
      • Operating systems
      • Firewall
      • Network security applications

 

  • Network Services:
    • T-1 Line
    • DSL
    • Satellite
    • Wireless protocols
    • IP addressing
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