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Escalating MPLS costs

Facing escalating MPLS costs as demand for bandwidth grows?

As your organisation migrates to the cloud, you’re facing increasing bandwidth demands from all quarters of the business. Zoom or Teams are the ‘must have’ corporate communication tools, Microsoft 365 is being rolled out, your critical SAP system is in the cloud, and all parts of your business want access to new cloud-based applications. All of these require the IT department to secure additional bandwidth, which comes with significant additional MPLS costs.

MPLS technology has served organizations well, until recently. MPLS contracts are carrier specific, inflexible, difficult to change and can be limited in their geographical scope. Adding new circuits can take several weeks or months and on-site engineers are needed to carry out installations. Today’s cloud-enabled organisations need reliable but also flexible and cloud-secure connectivity. Just adding extra bandwidth isn’t the answer.

Time to rethink your network.

SD-WAN addresses today’s network challenges of scalability, security, flexibility, speed of deployment and cost in one fell swoop. SD-WAN is a technology designed for cloud-enabled organisations. It takes advantage of cheaper, readily accessible broadband to deliver a high-performing network, able to provide organisations with the performance they expect both from their business-critical applications and their communications without the risk of latency. Bandwidth can be dialled up or down and is optimised dynamically to provide optimum performance across every instance.

Deploying SD-WAN

SD-WAN can be configured and managed remotely and deployed quickly without the need to wait months to integrate new acquisitions, provision new sites, or accommodate new business demands. You’re also no longer restricted to a single carrier which means the most cost-effective transport option can be selected dynamically, and any number of carriers employed to meet your organisation’s global needs.

MPLS technology has served us well in the past, providing reliable and secure networks within an organisation. However, in a world where applications live in the cloud, employees work remotely and new demands for bandwidth-heavy apps and cloud security are the norm, it’s time to rethink your network and begin your SD-WAN transformation journey. Your business will thank you for it.

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Mark Foulsham

Board Advisor, NED, COO/CIO, Fractional Support, Digital Leadership Coach

With a broad background as a COO/CIO/CDO, C-Suite Advisor, NED, Senior Transformation Leader and Coach, Mark tackles multiple fronts from the advantage of diverse experience in business operations, technology, procurement, delivery and risk. With a deep knowledge of business models from multiple sectors and extensive experience in fast-paced digital start-ups.

Mark’s work across extensive business types, functions and countries empowers him with experience to bear across silos. Mark has built a reputation for advocating cross-business collaboration, taking a pragmatic approach and championing transformative change.