Keep Worker Bees Buzzing With Proper Network Support

As a business manager, there is perhaps no better feeling than looking out across the office and seeing employees deeply engaged in their work. Productivity is a beautiful thing, but it is only possible when the right tools are in place.

Today’s enterprises rely on an increasing number of connected systems and emerging technologies to ensure their staff members have all the necessary capabilities to complete mission-critical tasks. In many cases, the backbone for these solutions is the company’s WAN, providing support through all Internet links, all MPLS, even Cellular and Satellite links or a mix of them all. In order for worker bees to remain productive and carry out their day-to-day operations, proper WAN support is imperative, and this cannot be achieved without the help of the IT team and smart solutions to back them up.

Business agility depends on the network
Just consider all the important applications your employees utilize on a daily basis. Many, if not all, of these rely on the connectivity provided by your WAN, a key component helping to create an agile, successful organization.

“The global hybrid cloud market may reach $84.67 billion by 2019.

As examples, let’s take a look at the some of today’s most utilized technologies, and how each is depending upon a robust, resilient network in order to provide the best performance:

  • The cloud: For a number of years now, the cloud has been all the rage in business technology, and for good reason. Cloud-based applications enable staff to connect with important features and resources from anywhere they may be working from – be it the lunchroom, a conference room or their own desk. Research and Markets reported that the global hybrid cloud market is poised to reach around $84.67 billion by 2019, signaling growing use. But without a high-quality WAN to cloud connection underpinning this technology, the range of cloud programs used by your business could become inaccessible, creating losses in productivity and, by extension, revenue.
  • VoIP: Another key technology used by today’s businesses is Voice over IP. This market is also expanding at a considerable rate: VoIP providers reported a 29 percent expansion in the market during Q1 of this year, enabling the sector to reach $1.3 billion. VoIP solutions are also completely dependent on the network, but an outage isn’t the only issue users of these systems can run into. Without a fully optimized WAN supporting them, VoIP calls can suffer from latency and jitter, causing calls to become choppy or delayed. This is not only frustrating, but can reflect negatively on the brand if customers or partners are unable to communicate effectively with key stakeholders.
  • Video conferencing: VoIP calling is currently a staple in the business sector, but video conferencing solutions are quickly becoming increasingly popular. In fact, Transparency Market Research forecasted that the global video conferencing market will grow at a 9.36 percent compound annual growth rate to reach a value of $6.4 billion by 2020. Similar to VoIP, video conferencing can also be problematic if not supported by high-quality WAN connectivity. Conferences can be interrupted, freeze or so poor is quality that they are useless, considerably hampering the communication and collaboration these solutions were designed for.

What happens when the network fails? 
Without a robust network backed by a team of IT experts, a number of issues can creep up across an organization. These problems include, but are not limited to, less than satisfactory app performance, network latency and, in the worst cases, downtime.

Are you prepared for the questions when your network fails?Are you prepared for the questions when your network fails?

According to recent research from Gartner, network downtime costs the typical business an average of $5,600 per minute, and the final price tag for an outage could reach as much as $300,000 for each hour the network is unavailable.

In addition, a report from TechTarget noted that the typical company feels more than the expense when downtime occurs. Of the 200 IT professionals surveyed, 44 percent said that problematic WAN performance causes managers to put pressure on the CIO to get things back in working order. Another 43 percent stated that downtime can damage the reputation of the IT team, and 38 percent pointed out the lost revenue the business faces.

Keep worker bees buzzing with a THINKING WAN
In order to allow employees to buzz through their daily tasks, IT must ensure that the business network can prioritize traffic and reduce common issues like latency and jitter so productivity simply hums.

With Talari’s Software Defined THINKING WAN solution in place, the WAN becomes much more than a standard network, and the IT team is empowered to help prevent damaging events like outages, link degradation and extended downtime. This technology ensures the WAN is able to make intelligent decisions about each data packet, prioritizing those related to mission-critical applications to guarantee continuous, high-quality connectivity.

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), IT Challenges, Network Reliability, Business Agility

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