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Businesses increasingly rely on cloud computing to store and process mission critical data and applications. At the same time, their employees want to be able to work using the device of their choice and on the move, instead of being chained to their desks.

This puts networks under a huge pressure.

Many SMEs today still rely on a local area network (LAN) that connects their PCs, laptops and peripherals onto a server onsite. Companies with multiple offices or branches also often have a wide area network (WAN) that enables workers, regardless of their location, to access data and applications on a central IT system with ease.

The reliability of the LAN and the WAN is of paramount importance for businesses in today’s digital world that is fuelled by data. Any network downtime can bring operations to a grinding halt, having a direct impact on the bottom line.

To build a network that that is able to seamlessly connect your geographically dispersed workforce 24/7 without buckling under the pressure of escalating data traffic, you should explore the benefits that multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and Ethernet connectivity can deliver. These benefits include having real-time visibility over network traffic and being able to scale demand up and down depending on your business requirements.

Due to the many benefits delivered by cloud computing, including scalability and low CAPEX and OPEX, you might be tempted to kiss goodbye to your whole infrastructure and use cloud and the public Internet only, with a WAN or LAN for the most sensitive data only.

However, before taking the plunge, you should consider if – or for how long – your business is able to operate without connectivity.

A day?

An hour?

Five minutes?!

There is no match to uptime guarantees that an MPLS and Ethernet provider can offer, bringing you peace of mind and ensuring you’re never cut off from your business.

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Colt Technology Services

26 March 2014

 

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