The ideal business telecommunications solution is going to be different for every business. But in today’s changing business environment, there’s at least one feature that every company needs.
The key for today’s business is flexibility.
Your ideal telecom solution MUST be able to adapt to your changing business needs.
But flexibility cannot come at the expense of service quality. A robust internal business communications network is especially important for companies with multiple locations. And service quality needs to extend to every location, not just the most central ones. That’s why it’s important to find a provider that offers nationwide coverage.
It’s no longer enough to have a reliable network just for telephony. Companies now need the ability to quickly and safely transfer data between multiple locations. That means your wide-area network (WAN) needs to have enough bandwidth to cover all existing (and future) demands.
Why Your WAN Might Need an Upgrade
The problem with on-premise WAN hardware is that it’s not very scalable and it’s difficult to manage. You need to either hire a third-party to manage it for you or employ in-house telecom professionals. Or you could forgo the hardware altogether.
Companies can now choose an alternative, called software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), which is a lot more scalable because it’s managed by a third-party offsite. You don’t have to manage or upgrade any infrastructure internally. It’s all handled by your provider. But the best part of SD-WAN is it’s optimized for the use of cloud applications.
It’s part of the growing trend of outsourcing the management of telecom services like network security, business applications, and even traditional telephony (with VoIP).
There’s no question that the cloud is reshaping the way businesses think about their internal networks. But mobility is another huge driver of network evolution.
Mobility is Now a Necessity
With today’s advanced mobile device technology, it’s now possible to access office networks from anywhere in the world. This makes it easier for remote workers to do field work, because they have access to as much information while on the road as they do at their office. It also makes it possible for office workers to telecommute.
But to really do mobility properly, you need to be able to connect all your office locations to a single virtual network. This will ensure consistent and secure access for mobile and office workers alike. And with the right setup, all users will have the same network experience, whether they’re accessing the virtual network with a smartphone or a laptop at the airport, or via desktop computer at the office.
A virtual network enabled by SD-WAN lets workers at different locations communicate via the network as if they’re in the same building. The exchange of data, voice, and video becomes completely seamless and limitless, with no ceiling on the amount of information that can be transferred within the network.
Remember at the start of this article I mentioned flexibility. SD-WAN has this too. Your provider should let you add locations, bandwidth, and new applications at any time. After all, your ideal business telecom solution will evolve over time. So you need a provider that understands this.
SD-WAN Provides the Ultimate in Flexibility
One of the best things about SD-WAN is it lets you take a hybrid approach to networking.
You can continue to use your existing network architecture in conjunction with an SD-WAN, so you can keep critical applications under your existing network and use your new software-defined network to handle your growing use of cloud applications. This is often the best approach for companies that want to move to the cloud but want to take a tiered, no-risk approach.
Contact us today to learn more about the telecom solution that’s flexible and adaptable to your needs.