Networks are evolving in non-traditional ways: new solutions bring cost savings, flexibility and answers to security and IoT-related challenges.

The demands placed on enterprise networks are unsustainable. Users have more devices, expect more bandwidth and a better experience, and need to connect anytime, anywhere. And now, the Internet of Things means that your network isn’t just connecting devices, it’s powering them too.

More than ever, the network is the critical factor in any enterprise. And IT budgets aren’t keeping up. With limited resources, IT teams can barely address the challenges of:

  • Adequate capacity for higher device density
  • Improving performance with more bandwidth and more PoE
  • Connecting new IoT equipment
  • Keeping networks secure
  • Cutting operational costs
  • 24/7 support
  • The shift from product to solution to service

Does this sound familiar? 

  • Your business needs to evolve its network, but you don’t have enough CAPEX to achieve your ideal vision
  • You want to expand rapidly and can’t slow yourself down with IT staffing and support for infrastructure issues
  • Your usage of network resources fluctuates from one week to the next, so you’re paying for far more capacity than you use most of the time

Over the past five years, technology buying patterns have changed. Increasingly, IT departments are saying goodbye to the traditional physical ‘boxes’ of the past, and finding new opportunities: solutions and services inspired by consumer trends.

With NaaS, network spending shifts to an OpEx model where the company pays a “per month” fee for the network. This creates a flatter, most consistent spending pattern that is easier to budget for... Instead of trying to squeeze every last packet out of a switch, businesses could upgrade the product at every contract cycle ensuring the company always has current technology.

Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research

Network World

NaaS makes sense because:

  • New consumption-based business models are spilling over from the consumer world
  • More services and applications are shifting to the cloud or some form of hybrid model
  • Specific industry challenges need custom-built solutions and applications

By contracting their Network as a Service, companies can buy into infrastructure solutions and services on a subscription basis that they could never afford to buy outright.

They can achieve the bandwidth, flexibility and technology they were crying out for. The on-call expertise and 24-7 support they desperately needed. And suddenly, instead of a crippling one-off CAPEX cost, network expenditure can become a more manageable, predictable monthly OPEX bill, on a flat fee or ‘pay-per-use’ basis.

The trend for adopting network infrastructure as a service helps support business growth by making technology more flexible, accessible and affordable than ever. This enables collaboration, optimum security and real digital transformation.

Some NaaS options to consider

  1. Flexible network infrastructure models like Network on Demand that can be consumption-based or lease-based.
  2. Cloud-based applications like PALM that provide essential lifecycle information to proactively manage network health, network assets and upgrade/maintenance information.
  3. Management platforms that reduce your operational costs and ensure optimal quality of experience and analytics data.
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