In last week's HPE Tech Tip, Mark from HPE dives into the purpose of VLANs in today's climate and why to consider them as a must-have, even if you're a small business with fewer users.
While VLANs are not a security panacea, VLANs can augment security. Especially in today's digital climate where security requires a multi-layered approach. VLANs also allow you to scale your network more easily and establishing even a simple mapping of VLANs early on can help keep your network under control as it grows - which is why even if you think you don't really need VLANs at your organization, you might later find yourself in the familiar pickle of not needing something - until you do.
For early users, it may add some complexity to the network, but as you grow, this ugly duckling of minor complexity yields benefits as it is revealed in all its glory to be like a beautiful swan, a transforming framework for controlled growth. For these early adopters of VLANs, a simple mapping that allows for growth might look like this:
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As similar routes of advice in life go, it's always a good idea to plan ahead and be ready now for what the future might hold - And one thing it's certain to bring to businesses of all sizes is more evolving security threats.
Does your organization currently use VLANs?
Do you agree with the advice above to use them even if you think you don't currently need them? Why or why not?