With the majority of the UK’s workforce working from home, and signs that this is a more permanent culture shift and what the future of work will look like on a longer term, businesses need to transform to more flexible operations for a robust continuity and disaster recovery plan moving forward. Many business leaders are looking to cloud technology for answers.
Cloud computing is widely known for its ability to create change at pace with its speed of deployment and cost benefits. I always define cloud in a non-technical way as ‘choice and pace of change’. There’s been a huge growth in businesses adopting cloud technology and services to meet customer demands and remain competitive, however what we’re now seeing is a siloed mesh of different contracts and technologies across organisations, which is hindering agility and choice, especially around cloud adoption.
All of this has put a lot of pressure on network infrastructure - which is probably the most ‘unsexy’ and therefore undervalued asset within your business. If your IT network isn’t operating efficiently then your staff and, most importantly, your customers will suffer. If your organisation is managing multiple MPLs, 4G/5G and broadband contracts, you need to reduce the cost and complexity of managing these multiple connectivity fabrics to ensure successful adoption of cloud tools and services.
By gaining full visibility of your entire network with a secure Edge Network Interconnection Platform (ENIP), your business has the agility to choose the most appropriate private or public cloud technology and services to meet your business requirements, based on security, latency and service levels. You can future-proof your organisation to be able to respond at speed to changing needs, environments and technology innovations. Technology to support your new ways of operating, such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) - which has seen greater uptake with businesses forced to effectively migrate all operations to work remotely - can be implemented at speed in order to ready your business for what lies ahead. This also allows your business to adopt a hybrid cloud or multicloud approach without needing to deploy multiple edge networking and security solutions.
The implementation of an Edge Network Interconnected Platform (ENIP) will provide companies with the tools to construct their edge from the inside out and greater agility to adapt to internal needs while ensuring a robust security infrastructure. Early adopters will reap significant benefits in re-architecting connectivity to enable the secure adoption of cloud services and create a more efficient enterprise.
By Justin Day, CEO and Co-founder of Cloud Gateway
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