Slow economic development, regional small-scale trading. Other cultures are foreign and strange. We only work together locally. The world is small, without complex supply chains. This would be the reality if international networks did not exist.
In the real world of today, we rely heavily on global networks and internet lines. Hence it seems logical to invest a lot of time and energy into your corporate network? True or not?
Suppose you are responsible for an international organization. You will likely experience major differences in performance and quality of networks around the world. As an example, an online meeting is disrupted by a creaking line somewhere in South America or, for example, China. This was one of the reasons for Low & Bonar to outsource management of their worldwide network and security infrastructure. Why did they choose to ‘delegate’? Read all about it here.
Many different vendors
‘Trying it Yourself’ typically means that there are dozens or even hundreds of different contracts with all kinds of suppliers of network solutions. As the world is globalizing and there are many mergers, this may lead to even more complexity. How to choose the best option, what exactly has been agreed with your vendor, and is this what is actually being delivered? Delegating means that all those contracts, their continuous assessment, and their cost savings become the responsibility of an external party. We take care of your connectivity, it is what we do all day.
Hassle with existing contracts
If one would like to move to a more manageable network infrastructure, it can happen that existing contracts get in the way. In most cases, the larger telecom organizations will not be willing to rely on competitors’ lines as part of their solution. Paul Visscher, Head of Infrastructure and Security at Low & Bonar, appreciated that existing internet lines, which were still under contract, could continue to be used for the necessary redundancy. A flexibility that was not given by others. We are brand-independent, that’s the difference.
High management costs
For traditional MPLS, management is handled by the Telco. A bit like a ‘black box’, as the internal structure is unknown. Over time, more network equipment has usually been added such as Firewalls, VPN concentrators, Routers, WAN accelerators and monitoring systems. Responsibility to ensure a functioning whole usually lies with you as the company IT manager. At a certain point, business demands may require your corporate network to be extended into the Cloud. Yet again, another ‘extension’ bolted onto your network, and again it becomes a little more complex.
As an IT manager, you may prefer to continue to handle the operational management of your IT infrastructure. However, this approach typically demands a lot from the organization. For example in the field of security know-how, where rapid developments take place. In addition, there is something much more interesting than incurring costs: saving costs!
For organizations that want to know how to save costs on MPLS networks, click here. In addition, we are happy to explain in a private video-meeting how we monitor and protect your worldwide network from the IPknowledge Digital Performance Center (DPC) in Amsterdam.
Would you like to try delegating?