Why a Hybrid Telecom Solution Could be Right for Your Business
When it comes to business telecommunications, there’s almost never an easy one-size-fits-all strategy.
Every company faces unique challenges. So networks should be custom-designed to face these challenges as efficiently as possible. But business goals and priorities change. They evolve as new opportunities and forms of competition arise.
That’s why cloud telecommunication solutions have become so popular in the last several years. They give you the flexibility you need to adapt your network over time and the scalability to grow without having to constantly invest in new infrastructure.
But even if you decide to adopt the cloud, you have to choose between public, private, and hybrid cloud systems. How do you know which is the right choice?
If you’re unsure, chances are a hybrid approach is your best bet.
This lets you keep using your existing infrastructure while leveraging the public cloud where appropriate. A hybrid cloud gives you the flexibility to use the technology you already own in addition to cloud services for new or existing applications.
Your hardware can be made to communicate seamlessly with new cloud applications. And if you intend to transition completely the public cloud at some point in the future, a hybrid approach lets you do so step-by-step. That means you don’t have to make a complete transition all at once. Instead, you can move non-critical applications to the public cloud first and then move more critical business functions over as you gain confidence in the cloud.
But the benefits of a hybrid approach to business telecom go beyond flexibility and scalability. There’s a major cost benefit too: the more services you move to the public cloud, the more you can move from capital expenditures to operating expenditures.
Of course, all these benefits depend on a successful implementation.
So you should be careful in choosing a partner to help you transition successfully. You’ll want to cover all your bases, ensuring they can guarantee adequate uptime, security, and let your update your services without incurring penalties. You should be able to add and remove users as your needs change.
It’s important to understand what would happen if your local network ever goes down. Will that affect your cloud applications? Will any data be lost? Also be sure to ask about security. The public cloud can be just as secure as your on-premise network – as long is it’s managed properly. Many cloud systems allow remote access through VPN tunnels and encrypted data connections. And cloud security is continuously improving.
But another important aspect of implementation is your own organizational readiness. You need to take steps to ensure your network is ready for the cloud. Do you have enough bandwidth, or will you require more to run cloud applications? Have you considered ways to support remote workers who may need to access to these cloud applications?
Most of the problems companies face when they move to the public cloud arise from inadequate bandwidth. Luckily, this is an easy problem to solve. In fact, today there are few barriers to cloud adoption for most businesses. And multi-location companies in particular stand the most to gain from this scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solution.
So if you’re looking to boost efficiency, reduce costs, and smooth your customer experience, it might be time to think about starting your migration to the public cloud with a hybrid telecom approach.