Business needs change from day to day, from hour to hour. And the networks that support those businesses need to be equally dynamic. That means providing highly scalable bandwidth and enabling the rapid integration of new sites – anywhere in the world. New access methods can be selected and combined on the basis of cost and technical criteria to create the ideal solution for the task in hand. Corporate networks are better tailored and more efficient when the network infrastructure design is geared towards future needs.
VPN and access technologies tailored to specific needs
Your choice of VPN platform, whether MPLS or Internet, will depend on the imperatives of your business applications – but these specifications, in turn, will depend on the type of software deployed, the site, and the deployment scenario. For example, telecommuters, road warriors and new satellite offices will require made-to-measure, modular access solutions. The typical corporate package will comprise an MPLS network for large and mid-size sites, combined with a variety of tailored access methods. This might entail tunneled Internet access for mobile professionals and small remote offices, or encrypted, high-performance layer 1/layer 2 access for data centers.
VoIP integration – combined with redesign of network and communications process
The introduction of VoIP into LAN and WAN landscapes is about more than just a simple switch from conventional to IP telephony. Initially, the focus will often be on network design issues such as local VoIP break-outs or a central WAN VoIP solution with a central gateway. However, the full benefits of VoIP and UCC (unified communication and collaboration) can only be harnessed by reengineering both underlying technology and the corresponding communications processes. For example, centralization of network access and PBX systems delivers significant advantages – and more efficient communications enable the streamlining of business processes.
Standardised VPN design and process automation for greater efficiency
High-quality VPN design and operations are now business-critical. Deep skills, proven methodologies and robust processes are key to fulfilling company-specific goals at affordable cost – and to creating a future-proof, agile solution that can adapt to changing needs. A prime example is Managed VPN Services. This end-to-end offering grants exceptional economies of scale – cutting operating costs for network infrastructure while delivering a lasting improvement in quality guaranteed by the provider’s operational excellence.