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Can today’s network infrastructures really deliver?

Wednesday, 11/07/2012

As more corporations choose to locate business applications in hosted or cloud-based environments to simplify management processes, increase productivity and cut operating costs, network quality and reliability has become critical to optimising service delivery.

The problem is, in the rush to capitalise on the latest technology, the decision to move business applications from local to remote environments is not always accompanied by a detailed assessment of network capabilities. Poorly conceived or under-provisioned networks can compromise the benefits of today’s feature-rich, bandwidth-hungry applications resulting in serious performance issues and a substandard end-user experience.

With the demands of instant, any time, anywhere service availability, IT managers are expected to provide 24/7, end-user optimised services at minimal cost, enterprise-wide. That’s a difficult challenge at the best of times but impossible without the support of a network that is completely aligned with business needs.

To make matters worse, in many hosted or cloud-based environments, network facilities are the responsibility of the provider and often shared with other customers – so the business has little control in ensuring adequate provisioning for its own application delivery, no guarantee of service availability or even an acceptable an SLA. On top of this, with only basic data routing protocols and no reliable way of prioritising traffic, the Internet, a ubiquitous network component, offers an unpredictable environment – particularly for delivering time-sensitive applications that are commonly affected by issues such as latency.

The good news is that network service providers can help businesses by taking a holistic view of network provisioning, data centre resources and hosted application requirements to create fully integrated solutions that meet enterprise needs. Even better, some service providers are rising to the challenge of designing WAN networks that overcome historical problems and are equipped to optimise delivery of the latest hosted services and applications.

Genius! Networks, for example, has developed CRISP, a revolutionary network providing businesses with direct connection to a resilient core infrastructure that seamlessly joins with all the major carriers to deliver affordable, uninterrupted global voice and data services. With SIP-enabled configuration, voice and other network-sensitive traffic is tagged and fully supported across the core and carrier networks to ensure guaranteed Quality of Service.

CRISP removes the need for Internet-based network access, along with all the associated problems and risks. It comes with a single end-to-end service level agreement across the entire core and carrier infrastructure, users the confidence to make the most of today’s network-delivered technology.

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