Network as a Service

We have talked about Software as a Service (SaaS) in earlier blogs, but there are other “as-a-Service” models that all allow businesses to access networking capabilities without having to invest in expensive hardware or infrastructure. Network as a Service (NaaS) is a cloud computing service model that enables users to consume network resources and achieve the outcomes they expect from it without owning, building, managing or maintaining their own infrastructure As more and more services are being delivered via cloud (SaaS) services, there is less requirement for expensive switching infrastructure to be placed onsite to accommodate for onsite server infrastructure. As long as there is a stable internet connection, then business can continue to operate efficiently and effectively through trimmed down, and far cheaper network and wireless access solutions. NaaS enables companies to outsource the ownership and management of these services to a managed service provider like Commstec, who can host VPN and Web security services in software, as opposed to using expensive hardware, at their remote data centres located throughout the UK, whilst monitoring, maintaining and upgrading these services, so you don’t have to. Moving to a cloud first strategy proposes significant cost savings of buying, maintaining and regularly upgrading hardware on site, as well as having the necessary expertise and infrastructure, like dedicated air-conditioned rooms in house to keep it working efficiently imposes considerable cost on a business. Some immediate benefits of moving to a Network as a Service model include:
  1. Cost savings: NaaS eliminates the need for businesses to invest in expensive networking hardware and infrastructure upfront, with savings on capital expenditure and energy bills. Businesses can also save on resourcing costs, freeing up time of internal IT teams to concentrate on other areas.
  2. Flexibility: With NaaS, businesses can quickly scale their networking resources up or down as the business requires, without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. This can be especially beneficial for rapidly growing businesses, or those with a highly seasonal trading model.
  3. Increased security: Having up to date security measures in place to protect your IT infrastructure is essential. By taking advantage of Commstec’s expertise and constant vigilance to enhance your security you will avoid the risk of an update being missed.
  4. Ease of management: By outsourcing the management and maintenance of the network infrastructure, you can simplify your IT infrastructure, and reduce the time that can be absorbed on routine housekeeping tasks that all IT needs to maintain efficiency.
Overall, NaaS can be an attractive option for businesses looking to streamline their networking infrastructure and reduce costs, while still having access to the networking resources and services they need. NaaS provides businesses with greater flexibility, scalability, and cost savings, while reducing the burden of network management and maintenance. NaaS sits with a range of other networking services, including virtual private networks (VPNs), software-defined networking (SDN), and network analytics. Additional services, such as cloud storage or server hosting can also form part of an overall IT development strategy. Commstec’s unique people focused approach means we can work together to provide cost-effective management for your  IT system. Book your free no-obligation Business Technology review with us to get clear, easily understood advice for your IT future.

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