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Core to Edge

What is
Core to Edge
Edge to Core Networking includes all the networking devices needed to provide the right kind of connectivity to support end users, servers, and storage, whether they are on a wired switch or a wireless access point. These devices include switches, access points (APs), routers, and firewalls. The network needs to support redundancy, power over ethernet (POE), multi-gigabit speeds, network access control (NAC), segmentation, and more. 
When building the “Core,” redundancy is important. Organizations need to ensure the core switches are set up in a way so there are multiple redundant/load sharing links from the edge switches, and design the core so when one fails, all routing will still function seamlessly. Some ways to accomplish this are by using technologies such as virtual stacking, VSS, VPc, VSF, VSX, VRRP, etc. where a second core switch can take over the full load if one fails.  
Edge switches should have redundancy as well. Typically, they will be set up using backplane stacking or virtual stacking with redundant links to the core or distribution switches. Edge switches are being used for increasingly more varied types of devices other than PCs, printers, and APs. They are also being used for lights, door locks, surveillance cameras, and many other IoT functions. Keeping this in mind, the networks will require more redundancy built into them.


The network is the backbone of your business and needs to be available and secure 100% of the time. The network can also play a critical role in helping secure your endpoints by utilizing appropriate technologies, such   as NAC with network segmentation and Zero trust.

Newer APs use 2.5 Gbps interfaces, requiring the access switches to be upgraded to multi-gigabit to take advantage of the higher throughput and increasing POE requirements. More POE-enabled devices – like lighting, door locks, video surveillance cameras, IP phones, and PCs – are becoming more common. In short, redundancy, security technologies and higher speeds are needed between switches,
routers, and firewalls.  

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Allows for new applications like lighting, door locks, and an ever-increasing number of additional IoT devices

We are here to help. 

Nth Generation offers teams of tenured experts that provide the expertise and certifications needed to assist with your Edge to Core Networking.

Partner with Nth to determine:

Everything is going to the cloud, so why do I need to have a robust network?

My employees are working remote now, why do I need to worry about networking?

If I have Antivirus, why do I need my network to be secure?

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