Most organizations begin as small operations. Over time, they outgrow facilities, add new products and services, acquire and merge with other companies, and expand operations globally. In this organic growth process, they typically end up with multiple data centers around the world, which are environmentally inefficient and very costly to run.
Are your branch-office users complaining about slow application performance? Try offloading your Internet traffic
Branch-office staffs may be scattered around the globe, but they remain central to business operations and profitability. Yet, how many remote-office users struggle every day with the performance of mission-critical business, Internet and cloud applications? Too many to count.
The use of cloud services, the Internet, video, BYOD and guest networks is sharply rising and MPLS networks are getting hammered. CIOs trying to improve services to branch offices are also getting slammed—with unanticipated and unbudgeted network costs for additional MPLS and Internet capacity.
Cloud computing offers new opportunities for enterprises to reduce costs, simplify IT and improve the end-user experience. But it’s also creating some new challenges by shifting the burden of application delivery from the data center to the WAN.
As a result, more and more traffic is going through the public Internet. This creates problems for traditional enterprise WAN architectures originally designed to handle mostly internal, predictable traffic. For many companies, the demand for Internet bandwidth is exceeding available network capacity, especially for high-bandwidth software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.
Your dependence on the network is clear: it delivers the critical processes, applications and communication needed by employees at headquarters, branch offices, manufacturing sites, sales offices and other facilities that make up the global footprint. Multi-national companies that span continents place significant pressures on IT departments to piece together a suitable global network infrastructure. However, doing business with third-party network providers can come with complexities, limited reach, performance issues and more—whether you opt for a mix of regional carriers or a single traditional carrier with an established private global network.
Following solid recognition in 2012 through dozens of industry awards, Virtela is again earning accolades for our cloud and managed service innovation and exceptional customer support. These awards reflect Virtela’s continuous commitment to deliver the enterprise networking, security and mobility solutions that help empower our customers to make waves around the globe. Here’s a sampling of our 2013 awards to date.
The cloud continues to evolve, and those who adopt it are reaping its benefits. But the amount of return on your cloud investments and the quality of your cloud experience can vary greatly due to differences in network architectures, managed service providers and SaaS providers. For example, in the past couple of years, SaaS powerhouses including Salesforce, Google and Amazon have experienced some major cloud problems, proof that cloud outages and slipups occur even for some of the world’s smartest, most innovative companies.
As workforces become more mobile, the workplace becomes more distributed, surfacing in remote offices, home offices, hotel rooms, airports and coffeehouses. Regardless of wherever and whenever they need them, remote employees need corporate resources at their fingertips.
It’s up to the IT team to ensure that remote and mobile users have quick, secure access to file sharing resources, customer data, ERP software and more—as if they were sitting in the office using the corporate LAN.
Traditional private MPLS networks have been around for nearly two decades. During this time, network operators have been using MPLS to deliver a wide variety of services. However, globalization and changing network requirements, especially those related to the explosion of Internet usage, are demanding more flexibility in the network architectures of today’s enterprises.
Today’s companies are constantly reminded that if they aren’t thinking on a international scale, they aren’t dreaming big enough. The Internet Age has brought customers and partners from all over the map into the fray, and the maturation and integration of global markets has inspired more firms to set up foreign outposts. But as these organizations attempt to extend their reach into new regions, many are watching their legacy infrastructure strain under the pressure.
Controlling costs, delivering strong performance and ensuring uptime for primary and backup networks was never an easy job description for enterprise IT teams, but the task has grown taller as operations expand and fragment. Instead of serving one location, they are monitoring traffic between multiple satellite offices (and potentially multiple continents). Instead of dealing exclusively with hardwired desktops, they are balancing VPNs and all kinds of associated arrangements to support remote and mobile workers.