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Managing the network is complex business. Smart technologies are putting strain on bandwidth. Continued global expansion is creating a tangled web of regional and national networks. And all the while CIOs are taking ever more steps further away from having full visibility and control of the network. Could next-generation connectivity hold the answer?

The network has become mission critical to business operations. It is the glue that connects sites, locations and people. A glue that needs global reach and in-country depth to ensure all employees have access to the information they need to work effectively.

For the CIO to meet these needs he must first be in command of his network. He needs to know which applications are running, what is causing congestion and where issues are arising. And he needs to achieve this on a global scale. When the business needs to grow, the network needs to be scalable enough to grow with it. When the business needs to meet peaks in bandwidth demand, the network needs to be flexible enough to meet them.

But the enterprise can be the victim of its own success. The more global a business becomes the more third-party suppliers it is likely to partner with to deliver connectivity. Apart from the complexity of managing different service levels and pricing models, this can make it harder to identify and resolve root causes when network downtime occurs. And this can have a critical impact on business operations, not to mention a detrimental effect on service and continuity for customers.

Taking back control of the network

Thankfully today’s networks are getting smarter. Embedded technologies, such as application-aware IP VPN provide CIOs with the visibility to meet the growing needs of the enterprise.

We are the first provider globally to have embedded Cisco’s AVC (Application Visibility & Control) technology into our network to provide a solution with no need for additional hardware or infrastructure deployment.

A network embedded with AVC can automatically identify more than 1,500 different applications and report on their performance, enabling the prioritisation of business-critical traffic and ensuring end-to-end performance through Application QoS. This gives the CIO the control over the network to monitor performance in real-time and the visibility to see, at a granular level, which applications and even which users are consuming network resources to optimise accordingly.

Keeping every site, location and person in the enterprise connected is a heavy burden for the CIO to shoulder. Particularly when the CIO is expected to deliver this in a seamless, consistent and cost-effective way.

Identifying the right total communications service provider is the first step towards ensuring a business has the reach, depth and embedded intelligence it needs all from one single, streamlined and straightforward source.

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