Why your business needs to opt for Network-as-a-Service to scale up and grow?4 min read . Updated: 16 Sep 2020, 11:48 AM IST
NaaS or Network as a Service is an enterprise solution designed to unburden businesses from infrastructural and configuration woes. The objective is to enable end-to-end single point responsibility of planning, deploying and managing the network infrastructure & services with option of flexible subscription-based commercial model.
For decades, investing in IT infrastructure and resources for 24/7 network management was considered to be a necessity to run a successful modern business. For all business entities & branches, this meant huge out-of-pocket costs regardless of their users, revenues, profitability and scale.
Over the years, networking needs as well as offerings have evolved. Today, a company can run smooth business operations without the hefty investments of IT infrastructure set-up, while ensuring speed, reliability and security of the business network.
NaaS or Network as a Service is an enterprise solution designed by using various technologies and OEM’s to help unburden businesses from infrastructural and configuration woes by enabling firms to opt for a pay per user model. Think of NaaS as an all-in-one network solution – with networking resources, managed services, and applications all clubbed together. Moreover, NaaS is pocket-friendly for a lot of growing businesses. With pay-as-you-grow-model, businesses can conveniently be agile and can scale-up or down without having to worry about the infrastructural costs.
What makes NaaS unique?
A number of businesses currently still run on do-it-yourself network design, infrastructure, depending on hardware, software, and service capabilities from multiple vendors. A few have transitioned to managed networks.
NaaS takes the concept of managed network a step further by bringing all services under one contract while adding the flexibility of pay-as-you-grow. As an example, a co-working space could enjoy connectivity from multiple service providers, which Spectra integrates in one end-to-end solution with centralized network management at each co-working centre and implement the network policies at each user level with per user commercial model.
While in managing the network a business needs to interact with multiple service & solution providers, without a single SPOC, Naas allows the convenience to interact with a single centrally managed hub for all network needs. For instance, this can be deployed at a co-working space as an end-to-end solution on a SLA basis.
Moreover, the solution is devised using technologies which are entirely software-defined tested for various hardware options. This enables application-based traffic routing, automated link switchover, and bulk policy activation and allows businesses to implement routing, networking, SD-WAN and advanced security with zero touch provisioning & remote management. NaaS with pay-as-you-grow model, it also makes the cost models simpler and scalable.
Coming to support and maintenance, which account for a significant chunk of time and cost for an enterprise, the service levels are faster with majority of the policy changes and troubleshooting done through remote support and field assistance in the case if the physical infrastructure is to be supported. It’s like having your own expert workforce at your service.
Is Naas the right choice for you?
NaaS offers your business a breadth of benefits, including lower costs, minimal resource waste, and flexible provisioning. This model can be instrumental in propelling growth for agile businesses of any size, eager to embrace digital transformation. Spectra’s NaaS services have been successfully deployed across domains including manufacturing, co-living/co-working shared-spaces, education, banking, finance, technology and FMCG.
Here are a few questions to help you decide whether NaaS is the right choice for your business:
• Do you have a lean IT team which should take up a more strategic role rather than managing mundane taks?
• Do your users experience sluggishness in network while accessing cloud-based apps?
• Do you find it challenging to push or retrieve real-time application and data updates?
• Does your business need to be agile instead of bearing swelling costs to onboard new devices or users?
• Do infrastructural issues delays in new branch opening time in remote regions?
• Are you wary of bearing add-on firewall and security costs to ensure risk mitigation?
If your answer to any of these is a resounding ‘Yes!’, maybe it’s time for you to give NaaS a try.
Spectra’s NaaS solutions:
NaaS capabilities at Spectra are designed to cover all connectivity essentials needed to run a business smoothly. The solutions include:
The network infrastructure enabled with software defined technologies, which provides better control, visibility and connectivity. It has the capability to distribute the load between various service provider connected to it, thereby allocating bandwidth as per preference of the primary and the secondary connection. If any of the networks is down, the smart box is capable of switching the load accordingly. All these capabilities lead to cost savings and reduced CAPEX.
Managed Local area networks (LAN) that enable on-premise wired and wireless connectivity, including Managed Wi-Fi, which allows to assign speed on a user-level and are powered by proprietary technology for a boost in signal gains.
Software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) for companies with a large distributed presence, looking to scale fast and open new branches or sites in a matter of hours or days, instead of weeks or months. The secure channel AES 128 bit encryption replaces the need of MLPS which is expensive and time consuming to implement.
Advanced Security as a Service combining network security, sophisticated user activity monitoring and Unified Threat Management (UTM) for robust individual and enterprise level security.
NaaS enables companies to achieve cost optimization and ROI with commercial model allowing them to pay only for the networking services they need. It can address customer needs in real-time without compromising on network performance or speed and without worrying about security issues such as data breaches or malware exposure.
Given its inherent flexibility, NaaS has become the go-to approach for various businesses to support low-cost service deployments with a superior-service feel. As markets evolve, the businesses will need to evolve as well. And the ones geared up for all kinds of uncertainties will be the ones to survive, thrive and grow.
For further information visit the website: https://www.spectra.co/business/naas-network-as-a-service