Understanding Managed Routers
Today’s businesses need reliable connectivity, but as organizations become more complex – and the number of network services increase – maintaining end-to-end service can be a challenge. Equipment costs for routers and the expense of maintaining and managing that equipment can be burdensome, resulting in fewer resources for new technologies and tools that can help drive business-critical projects.
One way organizations can more efficiently allocate resources and attain end-to-end service for their networks is through Managed Router Services. Routers maintained on-premise can come with unpredictable equipment maintenance costs, ineffective backup solutions, and a drop in productivity when your technical talent is too busy managing equipment. Managed routers alleviate those issues.
Pass on IT Burdens, but Retain Optimal Connectivity
Managed router services provide the benefits of quality of service (QoS) or class of service (CoS) to prioritize crucial data. The result is improved user experience, lower costs, expert service, covered configuration and maintenance, and the peace of mind you have the latest routing equipment and support at a predictable budget.
With managed router services, a provider handles all of a business’s routing equipment needs. Routers remain on-premise, but they are remotely managed by the provider. You don’t need to purchase or maintain the equipment — it is provided as part of your agreement with the provider for ongoing services. If the equipment fails, or new routing technology becomes available, an organization can upgrade without having to make a new equipment investment.
Managed Routers Are More Than Just Rented Equipment
The benefits of managed routers go beyond saving on equipment costs. With a managed service, organizations get expert routing management that is necessary for today’s highly collaborative environments and distributed workforces. Managed router services provide:
- Change management
Provisioning can be accomplished on-site or through remote means which can shorten the time for realizing the benefits of new equipment. Managed routers can be pre-configured with basic settings or can follow a personalized template for provisioning and configuration. These two steps leverage automation and reduce the risk of input errors and delays in getting connected.
When network configuration changes are necessary due to evolving business infrastructure the benefits of managed routers shine. According to a University of Chicago study reported in NetworkWorld, upgrades and misconfiguration were behind 25% of service outages, and human error is the common denominator. Managed routers cannot protect against all outages, but when managed by an expert team, the chances of errors by in-house IT employees are greatly reduced.
A Blend of Performance and Support
Managed routers help avoid downtime, but the provider relationship adds valuable support for your organization. Through 24/7/365 monitoring and support, you can rest assured that your provider will quickly identify and resolve router problems. By reducing downtime through a combination of expert customized provisioning and stellar support, managed routers prove their worth in modern business connectivity.
Are you getting the most out of your connectivity, or are IT management and equipment hassles overburdening your organization? With managed routers, you can focus more resources on business-critical projects while knowing you are optimally connected. For more information about the role managed routers play in today’s business environment, contact iTel today. iTel has a vast footprint, providing coverage throughout Canada and beyond. We’d love to hear about your needs.