Rethinking the network delivery model

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The new generation of CIOs and enterprise CTOs are known for not being loyal to any one technology or any platform. A consumer of Microsoft Azure as a platform is not concerned with the underlying infrastructure it’s running on. So why should networks be any different?

In the end, what matters is the functionality the customer gets. And if global networking is to be largely delivered as a utility via a software layer, then the customer can benefit from increased functionality.

We’re already seeing this at the carrier level, where other carriers are interconnecting with Colt and managing their own bandwidth. The network services market is set to go where cloud has already gone – network on demand – and we’ll be ready for this when it happens.

This is why we’re developing elastic SDN networks that go hand in hand with cloud adoption. The fibre is already in the ground so all we need to do is update our edge technology, the physical equipment that manages the network and we’ll be able to easily meet the customer demands with a flexible and scalable network solution.

This forms part of Colt’s new high bandwidth strategy and new identity as a direct supplier of services to the enterprise sector. The applications and services that run business are moving into the cloud and the datacentre. The world of business has become software definable and the network must follow suit. High capacity bandwidth is important but isn’t enough on it’s own, it’s the quality of the service that matters; to be able to provision what you want, when you want, and stay ahead of the curve.

James Kershaw, Colt’s Northern region sales director recently spoke to Capacity Magazine alongside representatives from other networks and equipment suppliers. Read the full interview here.

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