The Need for a Cloud-Ready Network
This is the last post in our four-part series that lays out the business case for Technology Phone Systems. So far, we’ve examined the common challenges small business owners face when it comes to business communication systems. These challenges include legacy telephone systems, the increasing cost of these systems, and the need for a reliable voice and data network.
In our last post, we’ll look at the business need fora cloud-enabled network. There are several benefits for businesses to have a cloud-ready network, including:
Your network is available anywhere and at anytime
Less risk – data is backed up off-site, which protects it from hackers, viruses and natural disasters
Improved efficiency – eliminate concerns about space, software updates or other maintenance issues
Significant cost savings – cloud networks make efficient use of hardware, which means businesses can do more with less equipment
Now is the perfect time to upgrade
The first step toward moving your business applications into the cloud is to implement a modern, cloud-enabled network.
Historically, most businesses had their network and phone equipment on premise, and the requirements of those networks were modest. However, as more business applications have moved to the cloud, more bandwidth is required. As these requirements increase, more businesses will experience inconsistent and slow performance from applications that are cloud-based.
A Cloud-Ready Network is the Solution
Businesses that move to a modern, cloud-ready network can avoid the slow-downs and performance issues that come with running a cloud-based application on a network that was not designed for the cloud.
Local Area Network
If your business existed in the nineties, you would have created a Local Area Network (LAN) that included a data cable and Ethernet switches. This enabled you to connect your computers to a server and printers. This increased your productivity because your employees could share files and access information from a central location.
Wide Area Network
Over time, businesses began to connect their LANS to the internet. This new kind of connection is known as a Wide Area Network (WAN). Many businesses spent fortunes to have expensive technicians install Cisco routers. They also spent considerable amounts of money on low-bandwidth data circuits, such as T1’s and DSL.
The takeaway? If your business is still operating on an outdated LAN or WAN, you are losing efficiency while overspending on your data network.
What is a Cloud-Enabled Network?
The main features of a cloud-enabled network are the ability to support a VoIP business phone system, cloud-based business applications and IP-fax. And the best part, these new types of services are not expensive. In fact, your entire, brand-new voice and data network is likely to cost you less than your current legacy phone system and WAN are costing you now.
Sometimes, you can get More than You Pay For
If you move from an outdated legacy phone system and internet connection, to a modern, cloud-enabled network, you will have a rare opportunity to upgrade your business technologies while saving a significant amount of money.
You’ll need an Expertly-Designed Cloud-Network
However, don’t let the low cost give you the impression that your new voice and data network is low quality. In fact, your circuits much be high-quality to carry voice data. The first telltale sign of a network issue is poor voice quality. With this in mind, you’ll want to get the best network consultant you can find and use high-quality services and products. This is where we can help.