Networking is difficult to manage, cost consuming and subject to huge security concerns. More and more administrators would just as soon pass off some of the core responsibilities for keep their networks operating properly and safely.
The typical enterprise today is either managing or outsourcing a bewildering array of WAN hardware that includes switches, routers, load balancers, VPNs, accelerators and firewalls – essentially a separate device for each core network function.
Recently, an IDG Research Services survey revealed that 75 percent of respondents would value the ability to offload installing, configuring, and running network hardware. That aligns with an overall trend to rely more on managed service providers for key business processes, which, according to research published by consulting and research firm Everest Group, now represents a global market of $1.5 billion .
Bridging migration gaps
The shift to software defined networks and virtualized network features will provide some relief from the burdens of installation and configuration. However many enterprises cases lack internal skillsets to effectively leverage that migration. Managed services can bridge the gap between businesses’ existing legacy hardware and new solutions.
Network administrators don’t have an easy time of it. They need top-notch staffers and new skillsets, are under relentless pressure to improve ease of use, and often must host public or guest Wi-Fi to accommodate customers, partners and others.
The recently announced AT&T Multiservice VPN can provide the much needed relief to those organizations who want greater flexibility over managing public and private networks.
Integrated Access to both WiFi and IP VPN
The managed service integrates private and public Wi-Fi networks with a highly secure IPsec VPN for remote locations. The Wi-Fi network equipment delivers both the Wi-Fi connection and IPsec capability in one Access Point.
With this service, businesses can offer Wi-Fi access for customers and workers while protecting sensitive data. Employees get access to applications and sensitive information via a secure VPN, while customers get the public Wi-Fi access they increasingly expect.
The intuitive self-service portal allows businesses to set things up while also letting AT&T manage the service. Businesses can also use the portal to customize connection pages, configure network settings, and access reports and analytics.
For enterprises, this hybrid VPN solution combines the benefits of IPsec and MPLS VPN by connecting remote locations to the enterprise’s core network. Businesses can deploy MPLS VPN at larger or critical sites and IPsec VPN at smaller or less critical sites.
Accommodating rapid change
Enterprise WANs are undergoing revolutionary change and many enterprises are understandably cautious, but also realize that they can’t afford analysis paralysis as their industries undergo unprecedented change.
As much as the world of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and on demand networks reflect greater flexibility, the complexity of migrating from legacy infrastructure is challenging. This complexity can be effectively accommodated through a “co-managed” environment with a provider. With managed service options, businesses also can take advantage of different purchasing models that alleviate the risk of purchasing costly equipment in a time of rapid change.
For more information on AT&T Multiservice VPN, please go to https://www.business.att.com/multiservice. For help on determining what VPN best meets the needs of your organization, go to http://www.findyourvpnsolution.com.
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