Should your business be using Network as a Service (NaaS)? If your business is looking to lower networking costs, expand an enterprise-wide area network, or inject more predictability and reliability into your IT infrastructure, your company needs to switch to NaaS.
What is Network as a Service?
Network as a Service (NaaS) turns your networking infrastructure into a utility that you pay for each month. Just like you don’t have to worry about the technical details of how your electricity and water are delivered each month, with NaaS, you don’t have to worry about the operation, maintenance, and function of your enterprise-wide networking needs.
You can pay a monthly fee for a bundle of network services such as configuring, operating, and optimizing routers, protocols, WAN optimizers, SD-WAN networks, firewalls, and more. You can get the network services and functionality your business needs without having to build out the network yourself.
How NaaS Lowers Costs
One reason businesses of all sizes are eagerly using NaaS is because this model lowers costs for most companies and gives them cost control and predictability. IT technology is constantly evolving. While the new technology delivers a host of critical productivity improvements, IT technology is expensive to purchase, maintain, and operate.
With each new IT purchase, you also need to invest in more IT staff and additional training. NaaS gives you all of the benefits of the latest IT technology without having to continually spend time and resources on your IT needs. NaaS can supplement your existing IT capabilities at a low, predictable monthly cost.
Lowering Downtime with NaaS
When your system is down, you cannot serve your customers. Network downtime is one of the biggest drains on productivity, and one of the biggest costs for businesses in every industry. Working with a dependable NaaS provider will decrease downtime.
If there is ever an issue, you have a team of experts you can rely on to quickly restore your full network functionality. Using NaaS means that you have a team working on maintaining and monitoring your network. This regular maintenance I soften too expensive for you to stay on top of internally. But, it is critical for bringing network downtime as close to zero as possible.
Your business specializes in something. You do not provide everything to everyone. That level of specialization allows you to be more efficient and more profitable. IT is now so complicated and changing so quickly, that even the best IT departments can’t keep up with everything.
Switching to a NaaS to supplement your existing IT infrastructure and personnel, allows your IT team to be more efficient. Instead of having to worry about network services on top of everything else, they can focus on a core set of expertise. NaaS allows your IT team to be better at their jobs by demanding less of them.
Improved Access to Cutting Edge Technologies
When you are building, maintaining, and servicing your network internally, you are limited in your access to cutting edge technologies. Unless you have an unlimited budget, it’s impossible to keep up with the best technologies available.
When you use a NaaS for your business, you have greater access to these cutting-edge technologies. It may not make sense for you to invest in certain services or technologies, but your NaaS provider has every incentive to deliver you the best technology and network services available.
You can work with your NaaS to create the perfect package of services and technology for your business. Instead of having to factor in the ROI of a new technology, you pay a predictable amount each month to access the best network technology available.
Hackers are always working to find new vulnerabilities. If you are not vigilant in maintaining your network, it is like opening the door of your business to cybercriminals. Even the best IT staff can easily miss something that leaves your business at risk of a cyberattack.
Using NaaS gives you another layer of security. Your NaaS provider will help you make sure your network is secure and properly maintained.
Instead of every network security patch being your responsibility, your NaaS provider helps maintain your network and proactively works to improve your security.
Future-Proof Business IT with NaaS
The only thing you can know about the technology of the future is that it will be better. One issue with investing significant resources in IT technology for your business today is that the investment may make it impossible for you to invest in significantly better technology tomorrow.
Your IT infrastructure is always in danger of becoming a competitive liability instead of a competitive advantage.
One of the most significant advantages of switching to NaaS is that it future-proofs your business. You don’t have to worry about what the future will bring; your business will be ready for it.
If your company doesn’t want to get left in the dust by your competitors, you need to switch to using network as a service. It’s the only way to thrive in the current technology environment and to prepare for whatever the future has in store.