For many organisations, knowing where to start and which managed network service to choose can be a challenge.
June 21, 2022
Evaluating your network service options
When it comes to network services, each organisation has a different set of requirements.
This is dependent on their size, industry, and the type of information they keep.
When choosing a network and discussing your requirements with managed network service providers, keep these four recommendations in mind:
1. Diversity can pay dividends
For some time now, we’ve witnessed businesses of all sizes being locked into inflexible network service contracts with the major telecommunications providers. Typically, these contracts require that the business only selects options from within the carrier’s own suite of products and services – regardless of whether these are the most cost-effective or appropriate options for the business.
As a result, businesses can end up paying far more than they need to for their network services. However, since the introduction of innovative network technologies like SD-WAN, organisations no longer need to be tied to a single carrier and have far more flexibility when it comes to their network configuration.
We are now seeing an increasing number of customers moving away from these rigid contracts – especially when they are up for renewal.
2. There’s no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ network
It’s not uncommon for organisations to settle for ‘one size fits all’ solutions for their network – or to source their entire network services from the one provider, without ‘shopping around’. A one-size-fits-all solution runs the risk of being over or under provisioned in different circumstances, leading to numerous inefficiencies like increased spend and even potential security risks.
Key insightOn the other hand, when you choose a fully customised network, you get a solution that is fit for purpose. That means you’re only paying for the services and components you need – rather than procuring unnecessary additions as part of an overall package.
You are also able to select individual components based on what is right for your business, rather than being limited to what a single carrier has to offer.
4. Service matters
Customer service is another key determining factor when choosing a corporate network. A third-party technology partner can alleviate the hassle and stress that can come with liaising with multiple carriers and can take full ownership of your entire network services solution from start to finish. This gives you peace of mind that everything is working as it should, and if a problem arises, you have a single, trusted partner you can count on.