Achieving network resilience

Sam Ireland.Sep 25, 2023

As part of our latest marketing campaign, we’re focusing on how implementing a managed cloud connectivity approach across your network will help you on your path to delivering the network resilience your business needs.

All too often enterprises don’t act until it’s too late. Whether that’s taking the necessary steps to ensure network security, translating complex regulatory requirements, or taking the right steps to ensure disaster recovery and business continuity, we’re constantly in touch with organizations who are reacting to disaster rather than taking preventative steps to deliver them the assurance they need.

What’s holding enterprises back?

For many businesses the challenge lies in the complexity of their network infrastructure. The lack of visibility this complex web of connectivity brings leaves enterprises blind to potential risks if some elements of their connectivity were to fail or suffer an outage. Here are the five key reasons your current approach to managing your network are holding you back:

1. Lack of redundancy

If you’re relying on a single provider to deliver against your connectivity requirements, you’re likely being limited by the number of available options you have in order to establish redundancy processes and deliver high availability. Even if you’re in-house team is managing multiple providers, stitching the routing and inter-connectivity between different cloud providers to give absolute certainty to your business continuity processes in the case of an outage is a time-consuming and labour intensive approach that is taking your team away from other core activity. With a lack of redundancy, in the event of disruptions or outages, the network may experience prolonged downtime, leading to business disruptions.

Impact: Extended downtime can result in financial losses and hinder overall business continuity.

2. Limited scalability and agility

Agility is absolutely crucial to any enterprises network connectivity approach. You now need to ensure available bandwidth at peak times at multiple locations in the world and cannot risk being unresponsive to business requirements or to one of the many external factors that can impact availability.

Impact: Inflexibility in scaling can impede you ability to seize growth opportunities or respond to sudden spikes in demand.

3. Network complexity

Complex network management tasks, such as configuring and maintaining VPNs, firewalls, and routing protocols across multiple locations and cloud environments require stakheholder alignment not only across the IT & Networking teams, but across all internal stekeholdrs. Managing and troubleshooting these configurations can be time-consuming, resource-intensive, and prone to human error, not to mention the ever-changing requirements from internal stakeholders.

Impact: Resource drain and increased risk of operational errors can lead to operational inefficiencies and security vulnerabilities.

4. Poor visibility

Traditional approaches may lack comprehensive visibility into network performance, traffic patterns, and security threats. This limited visibility hampers the ability to proactively monitor and optimize network resiliency.

Impact: Inadequate visibility can result in delayed issue detection and resolution, negatively impacting network performance and overall resiliency.

5. Security and compliance concerns

Traditional cloud connectivity approaches might not offer robust security features or dedicated connections needed to ensure secure and private communication. This limitation can result in potential data exposure or interception, undermining efforts to maintain cloud security and compliance.

Impact: Security and compliance breaches can lead to reputational damage and legal consequences. Not delivering a holistic approach to security across your network now means you’re likely to be more vulnerable to attack.

So, what should you do?

Managed cloud connectivity solutions, such as InterCloud, address these challenges by providing redundancy, scalability, simplified network management, enhanced visibility and control, and robust security features, ensuring organizations can achieve network resiliency in an ever-evolving landscape.

Take a look at our latest report to see in full how InterCloud can help you to embed resilience across your network.

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