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10/06/2021

Aequos M&A - Digital Transformation

Has your business grown through M&A activities, and as a result, you are running multiple network architectures, vendors and managing a mix of cloud and on-prem resources?


Deep down you know this isn’t optimal – from managing too many suppliers, living with unnecessary security risks, dual running costs, lengthy and painful fault diagnostics are some of the common symptoms. In addition, you know that the numerous work-arounds and ‘sticky-plasters’ could come undone at any point causing business continuity risks and impede disaster recovery processes.

Very often business leaders choose to live with this situation, as the alternative of harmonising infrastructure is potentially incredibly daunting, complex, costly and risky. As a result, inertia often prevails until either a major incident causes enough disruption to force a transition, or the gradual erosion in business agility and the ability to keep up with competitors because they are using technology to improve customer experience or operational efficiencies.

At this point, the risk of jumping into new infrastructure under duress is incredibly high – consultants will easily sniff out despair and confusion, then use this to their advantage (similar to an electrician coming to repair a botched up DIY job!).

Our specialism is making sure this doesn’t happen, by using SD-WAN as a tool to help take you on the journey to a harmonised network, where people can access the business resources they require as efficiently, effectively and securely as possible.

We understand that it’s not realistic (financially and/or operationally) to do this transformation overnight, and we can’t close the network down for a period of time whilst the network upgrade work happens! We also know that there needs to be tangible financial benefits – as well as the improvements to the strategic and operational capabilities.

By partnering with Aequos, you have access to a highly skilled and experienced team of networking, security and cloud specialists that have an excellent track record of digital transformation. We help to balance the cost vs returns with putting the right technology in place for today and tomorrow. Our approach prepares you for the future, whether that be IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), blockchain, or VR/AR (virtual reality / augmented reality).

10/06/2021

Challenges in the Correlation of Company Growth and Network Growth

As a company experiences exponential growth there are many challenges that arise along the way that are crucial for maintaining a high level of performance. For modern companies focused upon growth, the most critical of all is their digital infrastructure.

AEven within a modern world, a high proportion of today's networks have been in place for many years. The implementation of cloud and virtual platforms have created new demands that old networks simply cannot comply with.

A virtual, cloud way of working has greatly reduced the effectiveness of traditional MPLS networks, causing a huge surge in data traffic and congestion. The agility of a modern network is by far more accommodating to the demands of company growth, with easy deployment and the potential for a significantly better TCO.

In comparison, end-user experience across MPLS networks is slower due to the need to get application traffic to the Internet as quickly as possible. As the volume of data grows, the traditional network becomes strained beyond its capabilities.

Cloud and Transformation

A glance at modern successful companies highlights why network growth paralleled with company growth is so important. Most successful companies ensure their peak growth is matched by a transformation of their network. It is appreciated that to continue to drive growth the network must have the ability to match these added demands.

Networking infrastructure is now almost always a critical feature across any successful business plan. This is the case as it ultimately impacts areas vital to output and performance. This can range from services and data to marketing and customer experience.

There is now an acceptance that simply buying cloud products is not sufficient and won't sustain long term growth. Instead, the core infrastructure of the business needs addressing to really gain the advantage of a cloud-based network. By adopting a cloud-based network, a company can create new services quickly to add true value to the customer, along with adding an unapparelled sense of flexibility.

Digital businesses use this as an advantage, building platforms in public/private cloud or hybrid. What is crucial is that cloud should not be seen as a purchase product, but a critical part of the digital infrastructure that provides adaptability and agility perfectly suited to the end-user demands of company growth.

Software

Any technological infrastructure can be divided up into hardware and software. The introduction of virtual networking was created to ease burden and management costs, as well as making the network more flexible. The trend of a virtual network was sparked by the desire to copy business leaders in enterprise space whose network was cost effective and agile, allowing them to develop an infrastructure that could overcome modern challenges.

Network virtualisation is important to keep up with modern demands. New IP architecture differentiates from traditional IP network as it is based on security, software centric and automation with data analytics that provides intelligence on how to improve the network.

Software automation provides an agile base for a company and allows for a cost-effective implementation of new features. The growth in software adoption, as opposed to hardware, is down to the fact that software can be the digital foundation of a business all-in-one solution.

The Importance of Data

As businesses grow, they are faced with a rapid increase in data that the network needs to support. This information is crucial to how a business will choose to adapt in the future. Data has completely revolutionised the business landscape. The infrastructure around the processing of data is now as important as the physical infrastructure. The infrastructure should be based on data development.

Without a sufficient infrastructure in place to handle the data, IT departments quickly become strained. As mentioned earlier, there has been a shift from focusing on short term solutions to understanding the importance of a future-proof long-term solution. Planned, consistent analysis of data workflows will allow companies to uncover information that can help their networking infrastructure adjust and grow as the company expands.

The Potential to Expand

The infrastructure a company adopts should be designed to facilitate the prospect of expansion and form a part of the growth business life cycle.

Throughout this stage, a business should be considering how their network can support a potential increase in revenue and applications and whether it is capable of this. Many companies see the growth business cycle as a point where they may need an improved infrastructure that parallels to their growth.

IT needs with continue to grow along with technology complexity as an organisation evolves. With a virtual, cloud-based network a company can focus on this expansion rather than be forced to deal with technological difficulties that arise.

A secure cloud-based solution is self-solving and allows the business to focus on other areas. In addition, a flexible cloud solution provides a platform to mobilise partners that understand the organisation’s complexity and the day-to-day challenges of technology infrastructure. These partners enable fast growth and reliable infrastructure that accounts for business demands and transformation.

Summary

Ultimately, without a network that can match growth, the business cycle falls down. The increased pressure and volume of applications that accompany business growth must be matched to maintain performance and user experience. A network infrastructure incapable of meeting the demands of significant growth can be hugely damaging, not only diminishing the level of experience but also the possibility of security issues.

24/05/2021

UCaaS and the transformation to cloud

What is UCaaS?

UCaas – The acronym of Unified Communications as a service is essentially about embracing the transition to the cloud and a more flexible way of working. UCaaS does not just combine communication strategies. In effect, makes them flexible and scalable adding true value to your business. As a platform, UCaaS transforms the efficiency of your organisation, including everything from business voice to audio video. As a technological solution UcaaS is experiencing rapid growth. This is reflected in worldwide statistics estimating its value to reach 79.3 billion by 2024 which will no doubt continue to increase.

The Pandemic’s Influence on UCaaS

During the last year, the pandemic has accelerated the importance of a top-class communication system to ensure businesses continue to perform at the same efficiency. The dramatic rise in a hybrid workforce has led to companies assessing their own IT infrastructure and if it best supports a geographically diverse workplace. By combining voice, message and video onto one platform you can transform the efficiency to which a business can execute. With the lack of person-to-person contact, having a platform that combines voice, message and video is particularly attractive to many organisations. An article published by Reuters suggested that permanent remote working is expected to double to 34.4% in 2021.

Key Trends/ Cloud Adoption

Ring Central – A leader in UCaaS and CCaaS, globally. As a result of adopting a UCaaS and cloud approach scalability and flexibility within the same platform – with the same tools for performance whether working from home or in the office.

Complete Set-up from Ring Central

By Combining a UCaaS plus Contact Centre service the employee and customer experience is enhanced. Employees hwo are set up for success are happier and more engaged at work. Happier employees create a better experience for customers, resulting in better customer satisfaction and loyalty to your brand. Companies with highly engaged employees outperform their competitors by 147%.

Top 5 Benefits of an integrated system

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Results of adopting UCaaS / Savings

UCaaS brings all forms of communication together into one platform. The solution saves on buying hardware features and maintenance to ensure they are functioning. The change from a physical on-premises infrastructure to software and cloud reduces hardware investment, service fees and multiple bills.

Access to information

A cloud-based platform allows for information to be gathered by accessing a substantial amount of information and data. This is more efficient as information is gathered from the same place. Statistics of UCaaS users showed that by using the platform their response rate improved by 20%.

Better Experience

An important element of UCaaS is the effect on employees as well as customers and in addition, the advantages it brings to your experience. You may choose to add AI analytics to your service which provides greater detail behind the information you receive.

Influencing Factors behind security

Powered by the RingCentral Global Connect Network, a unique service delivery architecture that is scalable, secure, and ensures high quality service across geographies. Industry-leading security systems and processes with quarterly audits. Multiple state-of-the-art data centres located in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia and Singapore. The RingCentral CloudConnect service allows enterprises to connect directly to the RingCentral Cloud.

Industry Recognition

6 years in a row : A 2020 Gartner UCaaS Magic Quadrant Leader IDC MarketScape named RingCentral a Worldwide Leader for UCaaS Service Providers for Enterprise and SMB- 2021 And other accolades from Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, Peer Insights, and Omdia.

A myth that may make businesses think twice about deploying UCaaS is that it is too expensive. A cloud-based model provides a cost-effective strategy that can have great rewards. Having an on-site system that needs hardware and maintenance has many added costs that provide little benefit. A cloud-based solution provides security and maintenance with no added costs, no need to employ people to carry out these functions. As a result, an overall TCO is far greater with a cloud-based system.

In relation to smaller businesses a UCaaS platform can have several cost-effective strategies. The cloud-based solution allows for what you do not. In a small organisation, if there is any damage to the current infrastructure an engineer is needed for security, carrying its own cost. A UCaaS provider takes care of all troubleshooting and adaptation so the system is smooth. This is a continuous process that provides a real sense of reliability. The concept of disaster recovery underlines this. UCaaS platforms are an important part of business community and can redirect calls and manage settings. If hardware is damaged the solution is still in the cloud. This is called disaster recovery as the cloud reassures that your system will always be able to operate effectively.

UCaaS Components

  • Application servers run by UCaaS providers in data centres or public cloud platforms
  • Software downloaded onto devices and web browsers.
  • Phones or videos that customers gain access from via the internet.

17/05/2021

The importance of a secure SD-WAN solution

Over the last year, the pandemic has changed the way businesses operate. This has ranged from trying to protect their previously projected growth, to accepting that the logistics of their workforce has changed forever. A logistical change within the workforce leads to added security pressures that have to be addressed to protect critical applications within the organisation. Aequos’ SD-WAN solution eases this pressure, and allows for a hybrid workforce to continue without the concern of security breaches.

Making sure your network is secure is now also important in providing employee satisfaction through flexible working. According to an article published by Forbes, a huge 85% of employees would prefer a hybrid workforce in the future. This has changed SD-WAN’s status from a potential luxury to an essential part of any technological infrastructure.

High regulatory industries have a significant interest on securing data. Traditional security solutions have simply not been enough for many organizations. Traditional solutions do not possess the flexibility, performance, or inter-connectivity that a SD-WAN model demonstrates. As a consequence, data is being left in a vulnerable position and is being used to inflict damage on organisations.

The value a secure SD-WAN solution brings

An important element of deploying SD-WAN is business value. Business value will be achieved when the organisations security system is scalable and auditable. A successful security strategy is one that is measurable and focused upon results. A security system of this standard allows data security to be turned into an important investment that eliminates risk and delivers a significant contribution to organisation value. The value that a secure SD-WAN solution will bring is also visible through its assistance towards management and security teams. By deploying a secure overlay, separate to the underlying network infrastructure, security teams will gain total control and visibility into the security operation. Consequently, by increasing visibility security teams are much better positioned to deal with an attack as real time monitoring is taking place. Real time monitoring substantially improves the response time towards an attack, limiting the damage that can be caused, adding true value to the business.

The result of a secure SD-WAN

  • Protection against direct threats

    In order to protect against direct threats, extensible network security needs to be implemented at the edge of the WAN. Part of the security solution will be NGFW, as well as filtering and tunnel encryption.

  • Trust

    The trust element of a secure SD-WAN revolves around ensuring that the correct users and devices are matched to the correct security policies and applications.

  • Traffic visibility

    The ability to control all internal, inbound, and outbound traffic with bespoke overlay. This knowledge along with views into the data is essential, particularly if the data and tunnels are encrypted with transport layer security.

  • Security management

    SD-WAN greatly simplifies the task of security and management teams, providing a single pane of glass that the network can be orchestrated from. The orchestration of the network provides analytics that deliver warnings to businesses of any issues that are present.

  • Aequos secure SD-WAN services

    Aequos SD-WAN, focuses on security driven networking that allows SD-WAN and network firewalls to combine in one solution. This is deployable across all branches, campuses, homes and multi cloud premises. Aequos SD-WAN is unique and different from other SD-WAN solutions. The solution runs in every public cloud environment and is the only SD-WAN that is able to perform in all operational technology environments. As a result, secure connectivity is superior, from the end-user and WAN edge through to the data centre and cloud.

  • In comparison, traditional WANs may utilise carrier MPLS type connectivity to organisations data centres for all applications and security, resulting in a premium price for connectivity. Operational complexity and limited visibility add to management overhead, as well as presenting added problems trying to prevent security breaches.

    Integrating an organisations infrastructure and security allows a company’s network to transform at scale without sacrificing security. The security is consistent across flexible perimeters, combining NGFW with advanced SD-WAN. A big advantage of this strategy is that it prevents MPLS backhaul and enables a better user experience without disregarding security.

    Finally, a single simplified console controls the networking and security needs. This extends SD-WAN into wired and wireless access points of branches, allowing greater network security and controls on a consistent basis into branch LAN networks. The consistent nature of the security, along with an incredibly reliable network is the driving force behind the success of Aequos SD-WAN. Being able to support a hybrid workforce comes with a security demand. However, what many businesses are noticing is that a secure SD-WAN not only provides immediate value but also long-term savings.

22/04/2021

The pandemics impact on Business and how SD-WAN can support small and large businesses.

The last year has seen many a change, none more so than the majority of companies choosing to adopt a differing networking strategy. The impact of a remote workforce has not only led to a less interactive working environment, but also forced companies into assessing areas of their business that were previously unchallenged.

Shift to home working

Nationwide stats revealed that working from home has quadrupled across the UK as 90% of businesses have seen an increase in people working from home. A shift towards a remote work force is highlighted further as 65% of employees are now considered to be continually working from home, as opposed to 14% prior to the pandemic. This change in the dynamic of the workforce must balance with an infrastructural rethink to sustain productivity without sacrifice of key technology principles. Across the digital sector network, management and security has been transformed to adapt to added IT infrastructure pressures.

Adaptations to remain

It is also worth noting that these adaptations are anything but permanent, as these trends are expected to remain. Consequently, businesses are looking for permanent solutions as opposed to temporarily plugging gaps in their networking. At least 23% of companies expect the number of users working from home to stay higher, as we step into a modern way of working. Companies are prioritizing changes to ease the right network for the cloud so that all applications are available 24/7 to all employees without compromising security. Cloud hosted SaaS is the future and it is essential to long term stability and keeping up with a distributed workforce.

Increase in voice/video.

A switch to remote working has also inevitably changed the importance of certain applications. For example, voice and video usage has dramatically increased leading to a backlog of network issues and poor user experience. The best example of this is on platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Zoom has experienced an unprecedented increase in usage, with users rocketing from 659,000 adults in January 2020 (pre- pandemic) to over 13 million in April 2020. In addition, Microsoft Teams also experienced a drastic increase in users. Teams saw its audience more than double at the same time, from 3 million adults to 6.5 million. A substantial increase of this caliber ensures the importance of app prioritization to keep productivity and good user experience. Something an SD-WAN excels in.

SD WAN for All

Considering the fact, the pandemic has affected most businesses; Global companies are willing to invest in strategies that cut costs but also enhance the management capabilities of their IT infrastructures. An advantage of deploying SD-WAN for a company can be the cost of management as SD-WAN can eradicate the need for a upscaled information security team. Adopting automatic security, increasing reliability even if a WAN link fails, cutting branch and end-user outages and WAN and IT troubleshooting costs. Companies have always planned for a certain number of employees to be using VPNs to securely access critical applications in their own data centers. The pandemic took this number of predicted VPNs to an unpredictable level, that led to IT teams needing to add further support for added users in environments they do not control. Additional IT support spend, in addition to an already expensive infrastructure makes the added SD-WAN support model a no brainer for both small and large organizations.

Being able to increase bandwidth to keep up with the transformation of the digital world is important, SD-WAN offers this opportunity to smaller companies without spending a vast amount of money. A chance to adopt a digital infrastructure that can match global companies with a minimal cost, along with a much smaller TCO is an inviting proposition that was accelerated by a pandemic that changed the technology sector forever.

Fortinet Solution – SD WAN for all

When discussing the differing patterns in SD-WAN adoption between small and large companies it is important to highlight Fortinet’s SD-WAN solution that can augment the distributed network, a solution that Aequos proposes in many environments. This coupled with the Aequos carrier network allows for companies of all sizes to deploy appliances with mobile connectivity for remote users or virtual deployments that can harness public cloud and digital environments. SD-WAN is automation based, once configuration is set up the company; whatever size does not have to worry about change. In a post pandemic era this is extremely attractive as companies have been confronted with unprecedented change and have a great desire to ensure they are prepared for the future. SD-WAN allows the future to be embraced, whilst investing in predictability and deployment of the right sized secured next generation network.

Aequos is delighted to announce it has been accepted onto the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The programme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16–24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

We will work hard with Ealing Borough Council to mentor the individuals with six-month work placements.

Aequos – a TFM Group company - is delighted to be a part of the £2billion government scheme, which is aimed at young people who require support in finding and obtaining work and are struggling to compete in the open labour market.

Shabrul Uddin, Managing Partner at Aequos, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ealing Borough Council to mentor local young people to find opportunity and importantly develop their own skills, confidence and identify future career opportunities in what is a very challenging jobs market.”

Aequos specialise in deploying next-generation secure hybrid networks and deliver right-sized networking solutions. Whatever the size of your company, whichever sector you work in, we make sure every application in every location fits your business priorities, supports your digital transformation objectives and powers your growth.

Four key tasks you can complete that will help you choose the right Network Managed Service Provider.

We all know there is no shortage of carriers and Managed Service Providers on the market. All of whom are willing and eager to do business, offering you the service that you want. How do you ensure that the one you choose is ‘the best partner’ for your organisation?

Having worked in the Managed Services Provider space, both procuring and selling, here are four simple tasks you can complete that will help you pick the network MSP that’s right for you.

1. Set your objectives

Before you start your search for a Network MSP, you need to have a clear scope of what you’re looking to achieve.

In the majority of cases, you will have an existing provider who has historically failed to deliver, you think is too expensive or they haven’t adapted their services to your business needs. With the advent of SD-WAN, Network MSPs definitely need to think differently.

There will always be problems; price, resource, service or internal skills gap that you need addressing. You may also think that the direction of travel for your business applications now means you want to leverage new technologies to facilitate digital transformation, or simply relieve the burden on your technical team.

Also, be sure to set clear objectives, whether through a formal RFP process or something a little more lightweight, you’ll need to benchmark success. These will form your brief, which you can then share with prospective MSPs.

2. Simple due diligence?

I know for a fact that not all MSPs are created equal and going thorough good due diligence allows you to quickly qualify prospective Network MSPs in or out.

Create a list of questions that covers a range of outcomes, across both technical and service operations, including: their ability to understand your brief, referenceability, processes and technical evolution. You can then assess their responses and shortlist those you are confident in.

3. Know the Delivering Team

As you’ll be working closely with the new network MSP, as well as placing a huge amount of faith in them, you should take the time to get to know them. Good MSPs work in partnership, bad ones rarely speak to you after they have you as a client. I cannot stress how important it is to understand the people capability, who the key stakeholders are and where your service will be run from. Finally understand how their company has evolved and what their roadmap is for adjacent and complimentary services and how they are improving KPIs and SLAs.

4. Make sure your strategy fits with an Agile provider

What your business needs from technology and your IT infrastructure will change over the course of your contract and it is therefore critical that your Network MSP can evolve with you.

There are countless Network MSPs that have a strategy to sell you more MPLS or high bandwidth circuits, however in most use cases this is not needed with the drive to digital transformation. SD-WAN capability is now critical to future organisation network strategy, so make sure the network MSP has a roadmap for this that is aligned to your technology roadmap. Only then can you be confident that your network is in safe hands for the years ahead.

LET'S GET GOING

OK, so here’s the first of our blogs on SD-WAN, which is pretty much all we focus on. And rightly so. SD-WAN has fast become one of the most exciting technologies to hit the WAN market in a very long time.

You many have noticed that there’s no shortage of SD-WAN vendors out there. And no shortage of experts who have emerged from the woodwork to tell you how you should deploy it. The two always seem to go hand in hand, haven’t you noticed?

The big picture, not a big pitch

Well, you’ll find that this series of blogs is different. We aren’t telling you what you should be doing RIGHT NOW. Instead, we’ll share our views on the current SD-WAN market and, more importantly, where our own customers are in their current thinking when it comes to SD-WAN deployments.

We’ll throw in some insight into technology and overviews of features of course. But our main goal here is quite simply to help you make better decisions when it comes to adopting a new generation of technology - and where it might work for you.

Let’s put things in context

Rather than go for the jugular and start with the usual What is SD-WAN? we want to take a step back and gain some context. So over the course of these blogs, we’ll begin by helping you to understand what your business - yes, your business - needs and how you go about getting it.

Making sense of it all

You see, SD-WAN is such fast-moving opportunity that it can mean very different things for different people depending on who is trying to sell you their wares. That’s why we will also try and decipher the messaging from vendors, carriers, analysts and industry bodies to support your research on SD-WAN and who you really should be working with to make it work for you.

Tell us what you think

Finally for now, it’s always good to get feedback on these blogs. We’re new to it, so please do feel free to share your views over social media (but please… be nice). And if you ever want a quick chat about your SD-WAN strategy, we’ll…feel free to get in touch about that too.

Where are you coming from?

We’re always interested to know why customers are looking at SD-WAN and motivates their initial research. As you might expect, there are all kinds of reasons, but in our experience there are three in particular that stand out.

1 Carrier exhaustion

OK, so this is our in-house term but you get the idea. Customers get frustrated with their current connectivity supplier. The service (or lack of). The price they are paying. Feeling trapped in a long term contract that limits their ability to react to new business demands. Or the whole lot at once. Well, SD-WAN changes all that and I’ll soon be writing a separate blog on what to expect when you tell your current supplier you are considering It. We’ve already been involved in many of these discussions and what we’ve learned will hopefully help to inform and speed up your decision-making.

2 Cost savings

It’s true that SD-WAN can offer significant savings if you can shift away from the expense of existing connectivity to more cost-effective circuits. Internet circuits with an SD-WAN overlay will normally work out cheaper. But (and there’s always a but) I’ve yet to meet a customer aiming to simply replace their WAN with a like for like network on a pure cost basis. Businesses also want more bandwidth, greater resilience, higher security and increased agility. And when you start to build that all in, the financial savings may not be as clear cut as many SD-WAN players would like you to think.

3 Cloud readiness

As organisations continue to move to the cloud, dated legacy network architecture is starting to fight back. If a vendor has already tried to sell you the benefits of a big fat on-ramp directly from your network into the hosting DC, you’ll know what I’m talking about. But this isn’t cheap and nor does it offer the agility you need. It could even mean you are being lured into a ‘cloud-locked’ scenario. Stay alert. Be aware. Because there is a better way to build an agile WAN to drive and support cloud transformation.

If of these reasons resonate with you, well, you aren’t alone. Give the team here at Aequos a call or drop us an email and we’ll be happy to offer the bespoke advice and support you need to start making the most of what SD-WAN has to offer.

'Good enough' SD-WAN

SD-WAN is probably one of the hottest topics in IT right now and, as we’ve already seen, it means that every vendor wants a piece of the action.

It’s not your job to keep up to speed with every vendor position and technology play out there – that’s what analysts are for, right? I’d definitely recommend that you read up on their views if that’s your thing, but in most cases you probably don’t need to.

Where are you now?

A more practical way of narrowing down the starting point for your research is to audit the equipment you have installed ready for WAN connectivity. Your current WiFi vendor. And, while you’re at it, your security vendor to. Because they’re all jostling for position in the great SD-WAN game.

Can you save cash with existing vendor platforms?

Just in case you didn’t know, SD-WAN is a book-ended solution. That means you need an SD-WAN end-point at every location and, as things stand, that needs to be provided by same vendor. Why? Because we haven’t yet reached the point where any consistent, industry-wide standards exist. So if you can re-use existing vendor platforms to deploy your next-gen SD-WAN then happy days. You’re already on the road to saving money.

Although there is a pretty big ‘but’

Whether you settle on using existing WiFi, WANOp, routers or firewalls, your existing hardware will probably need to be upgraded. In many cases, it may even have to be replaced or complemented by hardware able to support the new features. That can represent a pretty significant chunk of money as we all know. And since this is a production network, it isn’t without a hefty chunk of risk too.

Is ‘good enough’ good enough for you?

You need to decide if the features a vendor offers match your requirements. After all, not every solution will offer the same level of SD-WAN capability. Be aware too that late entrants to the space are playing catch up and can restrict themselves (and you) to some really limiting features sets. I can’t emphasise enough that it’s really worth doing some research on this to make sure you’re getting what’s right for you rather than just all right for now.

The short cut to success

Staying well informed will help you avoid making a compromise about the future of your network. Or you if you’re busy focusing on your core business, why not take the short cut? Aequos has got a pretty good handle on the whole SD-WAN landscape and we’ll happily guide you where you need to go.

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