These days the Internet is a commodity which many of us have come to depend on. Suffer an outage or find yourself offline and panic sets in especially if you are one of the “Millennial, ‘always-on’ Generation.” Nonetheless, for the majority of time we simply take access for granted. Recent news headlines have, however, emphasized just how precious the commodity of internet access is. Last month the US First Lady Michelle Obama told an audience of Chinese government officials that connection to the Internet is an inalienable human right. She is one of many political figures who are making this point as more societies and economies are digitised. The value placed on the quality of internet access for economic and social improvement is shared by our customers within enterprises too. They want internet access that’s available whenever they want or need to use it, as a precious commodity and the foundation to any business. But how can we make sure networks are robust enough to deal with capacity at any time, in any given circumstance? The onus here is on how the industry works to set high standards of internet use. If scalability, security and robustness should be key characteristics of access, customers need to turn to independent assessments of these. In its 2014 ‘Critical Capabilities for Pan-European Network Services’ report 1 Gartner Inc., recognises the move towards distributing internet access to more locations. Gartner reports that there is “a growing trend toward distributing Internet access (for outbound Web surfing) to more locations, which is emphasizing geographic coverage and support of distributed security capabilities as differentiators.” These are both points that resonate. I talked about security issues in my blog about DDoS attacks and IPv6 where I stressed how essential it is to proactively detect abnormal, malicious activity when it is still at the edge of the network to mitigate attacks that will result in a loss of internet access. Alongside geographic coverage, we are working with our customers to deliver bandwidth on demand and internet access that will allow our customers across Europe to flex their networks up and down as and when needed. Colt received a product rating score 4.5 out of 5.0 in the Internet Access critical capability, which is one of seven critical capabilities in this year’s Gartner report 2. We’ve worked hard on this area of our business over the past year to make sure internet access, as this precious commodity, is readily available to our customers in the way that they want to consume it. If you have any questions about the future of internet services, or any other network service then I would be happy to discuss them with you. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
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