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How liquid is your network?

Analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2020, 30% of the top firms in every business sector will not exist as we know them today and Digital Transformation (DX) is both the cause and the symptom.

Current networks are not designed to meet the challenges that arise during this digital transformation. Typically, networks are supplied as long lead-time, fixed bandwidth circuits with expensive, long-term contracts. But enterprises need a ‘liquid infrastructure’, a network not constrained by CPE components but enabled by virtualisation or software defined networking (SDN).

Expanding and agile businesses need to deploy new technologies quickly. Digital transformation can only be achieved when businesses can respond flexibly to the need to change location, direction, or to get bigger or smaller as needed. Network requirements need to be provisioned in minutes rather than the typical 25-30 day cycle business has had to endure for so long.

Discover the impact of Colt’s DCNet on Demand service:

  • Portal based, self-service provisioning
  • No minimum contract term
  • Nearly real time service provisioning
  • Available from 10Mbps to 10Gbps bandwidth
  • Pay as you grow – simply pay for the bandwidth that you need

Instead of building your own network, the solution is to ‘consume’ ready-made carrier grade services that can be customised, tailored and configured rapidly to meet the changing user needs.

On Demand service portals automate tasks that had previously required a team. Ethernet service connectivity can be to customer sites and to Cloud Service Providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, eliminating bottlenecks.

SDN services match cloud computing in delivering a dynamic service through a portal linked to open APIs and network resources.

Download our whitepaper to learn how SDN and on demand networking are set to transform your business.