How to remove network complexity for CIOs

With businesses now operating in a complex web of interdependencies with their digital supply chains, CIOs must find a way to manage their network infrastructure more efficiently

The pace of innovation is accelerating across industries as organisations race to optimise their processes and embrace new business models befitting of the digital age. On the hunt for greater agility, efficiency and speed to market, companies have gravitated to scalable technologies that help them thrive among an increasingly interconnected ecosystem of digital supply chains, partners and channels.

Automation is the most powerful means of making interdependencies more efficient - and the rise of the cloud has helped democratise access to its capabilities. In recent years, businesses have transformed how they consume infrastructure, software and platforms through an on-demand, web-based ‘as-a-service’ model underpinned by the cloud. Most businesses use dozens of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to run their business, while renting public cloud infrastructure from hyperscalers like Amazon and Microsoft.

Although these multi-cloud environments are bringing great benefits to businesses by connecting more things outside the control of their own environment, they are also adding complexity to the already interconnected ecosystem they operate within. A high-quality, agile and scalable network is the saviour, but traditional hub-and-spoke wide-area networks (WAN) are no longer fit for purpose. It is the turn of the network to embrace the cloud.

“The configuration and the structure of the enterprise network is changing,” says Neil Templeton, vice-president of marketing at Console Connect. “Historically, organisations would periodically go out to a vendor with a request for proposal, implement a WAN service, have it for three or four years and then go back out for another vendor proposal to augment or change it. They were stuck in a cycle of long contracts for fixed bandwidth and predictable traffic flows.

NaaS is the future of network infrastructure, enabling companies to embrace the pace of innovation in the years ahead

“Those days are gone now. It just doesn’t work anymore because it doesn’t suit the way businesses are operating. There’s now a big push both from the enterprise, as well as from the supplier, to change the model.”

Just as other parts of the IT estate have embraced the as-a-service model, CIOs are now saying goodbye to inflexible networks, which are difficult to reconfigure and tied into long contracts. They are instead consuming a more efficient and agile network-as-a-service (NaaS) offering.

Leading the charge in offering this new generation of services is Console Connect, which offers a tier-one network with a fibre backbone supporting a leading global MPLS that has underpinned large enterprise networks for more than a decade. Having automated that network, Console Connect now makes it available in a simple and flexible point-and-click NaaS environment that businesses can purchase, configure, provision and connect to through a web-based portal or API in a matter of minutes.

“The enterprise doesn’t have to suffer the complexity of having to set up, configure and manage all of those interconnections, they can just plug into our network, spin up an application and get it to market very quickly. It rapidly accelerates time to market,” says Templeton.

“We’ve already connected every major cloud provider, many SaaS providers, and lots of businesses and partners around the world. It’s a vast, growing ecosystem and the automation and pay-as-you-use model drives significant cost reductions and efficiencies.

“Businesses only pay for what they use and can flex their connections up and down on-demand. Crucially, however, this is delivered over a high-quality private network. We’re not talking about connecting clouds and applications over the public internet, which is great for some basic applications but you have no control over traffic routing, speed and efficiency.

“To connect the critical business cloud-based applications businesses now rely on, companies need the SLA assurances that only a high-performance private network can deliver. NaaS is the future of network infrastructure, enabling companies to embrace the pace of innovation in the years ahead.”

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