In the modern business environment, protecting your network from downtime is of paramount importance. Avoid the loss of customers and reputation by taking the necessary steps to prevent downtime.
Digital transformation is on a lot of minds these days, especially as more and more business operations adopt emerging technologies. Getting your network ready to make more moves into the digital era -- if you haven't already -- will therefore be a high priority of the coming year. But what do you need to know to get the network up to snuff, and how does your internet service play a role?
Not so long ago, a business planning a move to a certain location would ask how the schools were, or how the highways were, as important factors in deciding whether or not to set up in a certain town. Now, one of the most frequently asked questions is how the internet service is. Multi-tenant internet needs are changing as tenants look for high speeds. Building owners can benefit from high-end connectivity, and for some buildings out there, that includes fixed wireless service.
For anyone who's ever found themselves staring at a monitor, annoyed, while a page or a function tries to load, muttering blackly about system performance issues, you've just discovered first-hand why latency is a problem to be avoided as much as possible. Latency is not just a problem for gamers—though it is a problem for them too—and it's the kind of problem that can hurt a business in several directions.
When it comes to selecting hardware for your enterprise's internet connection, it's easy to go with the off-the-shelf options. After all, they are easy to find at your local Best Buy, not that expensive, and will probably get the job done, right? Not so fast.
The virtual private network (VPN) isn't exactly new; variants of this technology have been around for years. Thanks to recent events on the world stage, however, they're coming into particular vogue as a means to add security and protect data privacy. With increasing use of the VPN, some are wondering if these tools are putting more strain on internet connections, and just what kind of internet demands VPNs are incurring as a cost of doing business.
Network security is a topic on everyone's mind these days. Whether it's building tools for customer-facing applications or for internal use, keeping the information that's flowing on that network safe and available for use is top priority. Thankfully, new technologies like cloud-based systems and software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) are helping to keep the whole network protected in the face of new technologies such as the Internet of Things.
The proliferation of new technologies has led to a surge in the demand for bandwidth. For businesses to stay competitive, it's necessary to keep up with this demand. There are a few ways for companies to go about doing this.
Shopping for internet service can be one of the most thankless and exhausting of chores there is. With options limited by geography, such a project often becomes one of shopping for the best among what's actually possible, not what's actually best. Even with this massive issue afoot, there's an even bigger dilemma to come, and this time, the ISPs might be just as hard-hit as their customers. More specifically, it's SD-WAN's steady growth, and its ability to accommodate multiple service providers at once.
One of the biggest new developments in the business landscape of late is real-time communications. This is a technology that's offering up some opportunities for businesses to connect -- both within and without -- and carry on in ways that weren't possible just a few years ago. Even as these new opportunities have emerged, though, so too have new challenges cropped up.