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Planning Ahead with Managed Connectivity

Aug 21, 2019 | Blog, Business Internet, Managed Services

Managed connectivity is a small add-on service that adds a lot of value to growing businesses planning for the future. Your provider will take a proactive approach toward your business internet needs, so you always have the bandwidth and network architecture you need to achieve your goals. Internet access is fundamental to how organizations communicate, transact business, and reach new markets. So why use anything less than the best? Businesses need network connectivity that is fast, reliable, and able to support the needs of today and tomorrow.

Managed Connectivity Ensures Optimal Network Performance

At first glance, business internet seems easy — hook up to the fastest connection available and you’re all set! While this may work for your home internet, businesses have a greater reliance on uptime, speed, bandwidth, and other factors. Connectivity is critical to revenue generation, so businesses can’t afford the lag and inconsistent download and upload speeds common with even the best residential broadband connections.

With managed connectivity, the service provider evaluates your operational goals to determine the appropriate speed, type of connection, and bandwidth. A managed connectivity provider will consider:

  • Cycles in your business’s activity, such as busy retail seasons that may require faster speeds, more bandwidth, or failover protection
  • Cloud usage – including how uploading and downloading speed are impacted and whether symmetrical connections are required.
  • Distribution of remote employees and mobile connections that need higher bandwidth levels

Tapping Into Enterprise-Level Technologies, No Matter Your Business Size

After an evaluation of connectivity needs, your provider will offer solutions to make your network as reliable and secure as possible. Managed connectivity is a full bundle of solutions with guaranteed uptime and everything needed to ensure reliable access. With these solutions, businesses can focus on revenue generation and growth planning while the managed connectivity provider keeps the business connected.

With an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that also offers managed connectivity, you won’t have to fix or troubleshoot problems yourself. When planning for the future, there’s only so much you can account for – but managed services remove some of that uncertainty. 

Experience the Best Managed Connectivity with SD-WAN

For multi-location businesses that need performance, visibility, and scalability, software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is a robust solution that’ll take a managed business internet connection to the next level. SD-WAN adds balance and control to your network while supporting expanding cloud use and “as-a-service” models for various solutions. SD-WAN provides businesses with:

  • Improved visibility and control
  • Reliable failover
  • Scalability
  • Traffic Prioritization

With fully managed network control that bonds connections for increased bandwidth and instant failover, you can ensure that mission-critical functions get completed.
SD-WAN also adds robust security features, such as:

  • Firewall and encryption. Managed network control protects your entire WAN with a centralized firewall and/or encryption.
  • Packet distribution. Spreading packets across multiple connections ensures the information can’t be easily stolen.
  • Stacked bandwidth. Provides true aggregation of combined connections allowing for a simple solution to accommodate future bandwidth requirements.
  • Site-to-site quality of service. Users can enjoy crystal clear voice and data transmission with customizable queues and filters.
  • Lossless failover. If a connection fails, traffic dynamically and seamlessly re-routes over online connections ensuring calls aren’t lost.

Overall, SD-WAN boosts network quality where you need it to improve performance, security, and reliability. As your network needs change, SD-WAN and managed connectivity deliver optimal agility.
SD-WAN and managed connectivity can also help rein in networking costs. With new network technology, organizations can use cost-effective hybrid options that deliver a seamless experience for users, employees, and customers.

The Bottom Line

Managed business internet connectivity delivers the network performance that modern businesses need. At iTel, we provide business-class internet connectivity throughout Canada through fibre and cable connections. Achieve the bandwidth and speed necessary for your critical business functions, without bogging down your operations with difficult-to-manage solutions. For more information on managed connectivity and how iTel’s vast and reliable network can support your business’s growth, contact us today.

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