June 02, 2022

Future-proofing your enterprise network

IT leaders need secure technologies that prepare company networks for the future. Enterprise networks must be adaptable in terms of scalability and capacity. The agility and ability of a network to satisfy the needs of an ever-evolving data generation determines its life cycle.

Businesses can better manage IT costs by extending the life cycle of their networks. Rehauling enterprise networks on a regular basis can be a massive drain on IT budgets. Businesses must ensure that their networks have enhanced capabilities that can adapt as new requirements emerge.

SEACOM Business provides a comprehensive networking solution for Kenyan companies. Large organisations can benefit from our highly skilled network engineers who design tailored solutions to fit your specific requirements.

A future-proof company network can endure market shocks, support a distributed workforce, and remain secure in the face of cyber-attacks. SEACOM Business offers cloud-ready networking solutions to help Kenyan businesses become globally competitive and future-ready.

A virtualised enterprise network that is future-ready

In networking, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is used to send data traffic along secure predefined paths. MPLS is a widely used method for routing traffic within a data network, however it has flaws. Scaling networks using MPLS technologies is complex and expensive. MPLS is no longer a viable option for routing business data due to the increased use of cloud computing.

The use of public internet, public clouds and public data centres can assist in reducing IT expenditures while also improving performance. Since MPLS is typically a private connection, network engineers are increasingly turning to software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) as an alternative. SD-WAN is a future-proof networking solution that allows for expansion into cloud environments.

For a future-proof enterprise network, SD-WAN is the way to go

SD-WAN is a virtualised networking solution that offers excellent performance while lowering expenses. It finds the optimum route for data traffic while including both public and private networks, while eliminating latency and bottlenecks by using machine learning. SD-WAN chooses a different route if a part of the network isn't performing well, with no downtime or disruption. This is critical for seamless customer experience and efficient operations.

SD-WAN gives you a clear picture of what's going on in a large-scale business network. With centralised management, IT teams have greater control over the entire network, including operational workflows, physical infrastructure and human resources. Configuration can be done remotely in just a few minutes. Manual configuration and human error will no longer be a factor in the future. The risk of human error is reduced as automation is increased, making SD-WAN the ideal networking solution for an software-driven future.

Cloud-integrated enterprise network

Enterprises gain new levels of scalability with a cloud-based network. Companies benefit from maximum flexibility with burstable capacity thanks to SEACOM Business's pay-per-use pricing structure. Cloud-based business models help to support sudden fluctuations in traffic volumes during peak times of the year.

Connecting distributed workforces, branches and data centres, the cloud provides new ways of working. Local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN) that are seamlessly integrated give businesses more control over their workflows. The cloud can be used to monitor daily operations, production lines and supply chains, providing a forward-thinking approach to interconnectivity.

Future-proofing for remote work

For enterprises, remote collaboration has presented a new set of challenges, particularly in terms of cyber security. Since the hybrid workplace is here to stay, businesses must invest in a future-proof digital ecosystem that ensures secure connectivity while safeguarding corporate data.

More companies are turning to cloud-based virtual private networks (VPNs) to secure their networks, servers and data. Employees working from any location can connect to the company network using a cloud-based VPN.

The advantage of a cloud VPN over a traditional VPN is the ease with which it can be set up, configured and managed via a centralised console. Permissions and authorizations for users can be modified without the need for time-consuming manual intervention. With powerful encryption and next-generation firewalls, cloud VPNs provide excellent mobility and security.

Global events, as we have all seen in recent years, have the ability to cause enormous disruptions in corporate operations. An enterprise network can only be sustainable if it can withstand an unpredictable future.

Secure technologies for the future

While digital transformation has many advantages, it also necessitates a more robust cyber security strategy. Large organisations can be crippled by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Such threats typically target large enterprise networks. Hackers launch a DDoS attack to gain access to corporate data or hold a company ransom, with the goal of destabilising business networks.

Large enterprises should make managing new threats, such as new types of DDoS attacks, a top priority. Through a partnership with SEACOM Business, companies gain access to world-class cyber security experts and solutions. Businesses can rest assured that their digital platforms will remain secure with the right partnerships.

The rapid growth of data necessitates an agile enterprise network capable of providing programmable solutions through automation. DDoS Protect, part of the SEACOM Business security services, uses cloud-based technology and machine learning to provide enterprise networks with the most up-to-date and reliable protection.

Building a future-proof solution is essential for business success. Intelligent systems like SD-WAN and DDoS Protect facilitate rapid innovation in virtualised networks. Cloud-based VPNs provide businesses with the flexibility they need to support remote workers and geographically dispersed locations.

A future-proof enterprise network is virtual, both in terms of performance and security. For more information or to get a quote for our enterprise connectivity services, email us at marketing@seacom.com or leave us a message.

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