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Estimates from Gartner show that shuttered networks can cost businesses an average of $300,000 per hour due to network downtime. To counter these expensive downtimes, there has been a growing interest in Network as a Service (NaaS) as a solution to help businesses manage their network infrastructure through an external party. Read on as we share more insights about the NaaS model and how it suits your Boston business:
NaaS is a business cloud model that allows users to rent a networking service from a cloud provider. In other words, NaaS saves you the cost of investing in costly hardware, since you can outsource WAN and Cloud connectivity. Through this model, third-party providers deliver enterprise-wide area network services or global network infrastructure on a subscription basis.
Processes such as operating and configuring WAN optimizers, routers, and protocols, and other components like software-defined WAN endpoints or firewalls can be a complex process. By adopting NaaS for your business in Boston, such responsibilities are handled by MSP and then made available to your customers.
With NaaS, you don’t have to build and maintain hardware. Instead, you only purchase the cloud services, which saves on costs since an MSP has the servers you need to help you avail of all your services.
Access from Anywhere
NaaS provides businesses with a global coverage network that users can access from anywhere without using a VPN. This comes in handy, especially in the recent hybrid network. All workers need is a stable internet connection and login credentials.
NaaS allows third-party providers to offer both security services such as firewalls and networking services. As a result, there is tighter integration between network security and your network.
You enjoy more flexibility and greater customization when using cloud services like NaaS. Your in-house IT team can add branch locations within a short time or even reconfigure the corporate network on demand.
Visibility and Insights
NaaS offers proactive security enforcement, network monitoring, packet inspection capabilities, and an advanced firewall.
Unlike using hardware-based services, NaaS is scalable, so you can purchase more capacity or scale down as needed. You don’t have to go through the process of purchasing, plugging in, configuring, and securing more hardware.
Your cloud provider does everything from maintaining the network, hardware upgrades and software management.
There exist some drawbacks to NaaS adoption, including:
The available NaaS infrastructure might not be compatible with the legacy systems you have in your business, such as on-premises-based applications and older hardware.
Legacy Data Centers
Some businesses still have vital applications and processes running in on-premise data centers instead of the cloud. As a result, shifting to the cloud becomes slightly more challenging.
The best way to get started with NaaS is, to begin with, a small number of clients, then build your portfolio. You can then standardize the highly supported product lines. For instance, if a firewall manufacturer sells models of different sizes, narrow them down to a few that suit your clients’ needs.
Our tech experts at Radius Executive IT Solutions have a long understanding and years of experience in building a network. We are the go-to experts that can provide Network as a Service to your Boston business. You no longer have to overstretch your existing networks, leading to downtime and higher support costs. NaaS provides you with a smarter way to keep your entire infrastructure up and running and fully protected. Contact us today for more details on how to get started with NaaS.
Thanks to my friends at Cincinnati IT services company, 4BIS for their help with this article.