How to Get the Most Out of Your WAN & Communications Solutions

If your enterprise is like most other organizations today, you are leveraging a number of cloud-based solutions. A recent report by cloud identity management service provider Okta found that the average number of cloud-based applications per company has grew by 43 percent from 2015 to 2018, increasing from less than 60 to over 80.

When your network isn’t optimized for your workflows or your growing list of important business applications, it’s extremely difficult to get maximum value out of your cloud-based solutions. Network optimization can also make it easier to manage and secure your IT resources. Find out what your enterprise can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your cloud-based technology solutions.

Unify Your Communications Solutions Into One Platform

By unifying your business applications, your employees can quickly and easily access the tools they need from one central hub. Instead of having to access different tools for voice, video, or other communications applications, and having to juggle devices and multiple open screens, unifying your communications solution into one platform will streamline workflows.

This saves time and boosts productivity. It also increases adoption. For example, your users are more likely to use the business communication tools you want them using when they can effortlessly shift from video conferencing to email to team messaging without having to switch screens or open another tool.

With unified communications solutions, it’s also possible to standardize account access and security. From a user perspective, they’ll have one account for everything, which you can easily protect with multi-factor authentication.

Connect and Optimize Your Networks

Network optimization is critical for ensuring a secure network if you have multiple locations. When different offices work on separate networks, you end up opening up your organization to increased security risks such as DDoS attacks. According to Cisco’s Annual Internet Report, the number of Distributed-Denial-of-Service attacks worldwide will double to 15.4 million by 2023 — and the average DDoS attack size is large enough to take most organizations offline.

It is also critical to leverage management simplicity and standardization. By connecting all of your locations into one SD-WAN, you can manage all of your locations, business applications and IT resources from one central hub. Your business can pre-define network policies to dictate how traffic is handled and to prioritize business-critical apps.

With SD-WAN built by an experienced vendor like Silver Peak, you can virtualize all of your routing services — including your enterprise’s private MPLS, broadband internet and 4G/LTE — so your organization is always able access the most intelligent channel to route your network. This results in better cloud application performance, enhanced agility and reduced costs, while at the same time giving your enterprise more control over your networks.

Partner With an Expert

Managing the constant demands of complex WAN is a large task that can be challenging to handle in-house. There is an incredible amount of data monitoring as well as tedious, daily management tasks that could take up your in-house IT team’s valuable time.

In order to get the most out of your cloud-based applications, consider working with an IT partner with expertise in network management. We can help you optimize your network so it consistently addresses your evolving business needs. This will also free up your existing IT staff so they can focus on growth-related IT tasks.

Additionally, a network optimization expert can offer insight and advice on ways to future-proof your network so you are always set up to get the most out of your IT resources.

An optimized network is key to realizing the benefits of your cloud apps

By leveraging a well designed and implemented SD-WAN, your organization will experience increased agility and security while lowering costs and optimizing IT resources. Contact Fidelus to find out how we can help you get more out of your cloud-based technology solutions.