Better Performing Internet at a Fraction of the Price

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Better Performing Internet at a Fraction of the Price

New SD-Wan Technology replaces MPLS and gives users better-performing internet quality on their public internet connection at a much lower price point.

Blue Fox Group has always tried to offer a better technology experience at a competitive price. What business would not want that? But even more important to a business are these questions:

  • How does a business leverage the Cox or local internet service to guarantee high voice quality when talking to customers?
  • How does a business guarantee that the internet speeds and feeds will keep up with the demand and load they are placing on the network?
  • Most importantly, how does a business stay productive when the internet is just plain slow?

The Answer: Leveraging SD-WAN (Software-Defined Networking in a Wide Area Network) to simplify the management and operation of a WAN (Wide Area Network) by separating the networking hardware from its control mechanism. Today’s businesses can utilize SD-WAN is to build higher-performance WANs using lower-cost Internet access, enabling businesses to partially or wholly replace more expensive private WAN connection technologies such as MPLS. Gartner, a marketing research firm, has predicted that by the end of 2019, 30% of enterprises will deploy SD-WAN technology in their branches.

Is This Good News for You?

At BlueFox group, we continue to see more and more innovation in the world of business technology and our philosophy has always been to foresee emergent technologies that can help businesses increase their profitability and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. While every business wants to do more with less, leveraging this new technology enhances the performance, profitability, security, and safety of your network. And that is good news for all businesses.

How it Works:

SD-WAN is a way to create a controlled-environment, private network. This benefits company who are in the midst of virtualization and are taking their businesses more fully to the cloud because SD-WAN itself, is a cloud-based transport. When data becomes independent and can run on any transport protocol that is needed, including 3G, 4G LTE, MPLS, Internet, Ethernet, Serial or Wi-Fi, businesses using SD-WAN have total transport flexibility, which means more efficient operations or greater cost savings for present-day technology utilization. This development has provided unprecedented flexibility to organizations that are already migrating their networks to the cloud, which is nearly everyone in the modern day business world. “While lower costs tend to benefit everyone, the fastest adopters of SD-WAN are organizations who need highly functioning teams working across more than one physical location because of the more complicated the organization’s network, the more it can be streamlined, simplified and made leaner,” added Lindsley.

Just as Blue Fox Group was an early adopter of SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which has proven to be a highly effective mode of data transport, SD-WAN offers the next layer to take this even further. Internally, the Blue Fox customer-facing team is excited by how this new technology supports the customers’ need to increase their volume over the internet while maintaining the speed and quality control that has never been available in the past.

By introducing SIP to the Blue Fox customer community, we guarantee our customers improved performance, dramatic cost savings, more secure networks and a better overall experience with technology. 

Additional Information On Streamlining The Internet For All Business Applications (Provided By Blue Fox Vendor Partner Inspeed)

The Enterprise LAN Has Been Subsumed into the Internet, But Problems Remain As business operations move to the cloud, Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) are facing new difficulties ensuring that critical interactive communications and business applications get the network performance they need. A decade ago, the business applications that SMBs relied on were hosted internally. If applications and services were running locally, users connected to them over a LAN. If they were running in a corporate data center, users connected over a WAN connection leased from a service provider. Through their LAN and WAN links SMBs ensured that users always had access to reasonably fast, reliable and secure networks. Today, businesses are switching their mission-critical applications out of the corporate data center and into the cloud. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications such as salesforce.com led the charge, and now the movement of communication applications such as IP telephony and video conferencing are following the same path. Because users are 1 connecting to services in the cloud, the Internet has essentially replaced the corporate LAN and WAN as the primary conduit for accessing essential services. For example, ShoreTel and RingCentral offer cloud-based VoIP services, whilst Zoom and BlueJeans offer cloud- 1 based video conferencing solutions.

The Internet has essentially replaced the corporate LAN and WAN as the primary conduit for accessing essential business applications. Of course, being a public network, the Internet is outside anyone business’s control. SMBs are limited in their ability to configure and manage the Internet the way they previously controlled their LANs; for example, administrators can’t control how well the Internet treats their priority traffic, since the actual infrastructure is opaque to their management tools. Nonetheless, to assure a reliable and high-quality experience, businesses need some way of streamlining Internet services. Even on a public network, they need a solution for shaping and managing critical traffic such as VoIP and video conferencing so that those interactive services perform optimally for employees and customers, day after day. Most SMBs lack the IT resources to embark on sophisticated network engineering projects, and no rational amount of investment in private WANs can solve performance problems for the growing volume of traffic leaving the internal LAN for the cloud. So the question—a pressing question—remains: How can SMBs quickly, easily, and affordably streamline their Internet services?

To understand the scope of this challenge, it’s helpful to consider the business applications that SMBs have come to rely on. SMBs increasingly rely on Unified Communications (UC), integrated services combining telephony, interactive video, presence, and collaboration to reach workers wherever they are: in corporate HQ, a remote office or a home office, and enable them to work quickly and productively.

Unfortunately, as interactive applications such as IP telephony/VoIP and video conferencing have become more popular and have moved to the cloud, it has become more difficult for UC to be reliably delivered with high quality. Users now sometimes suffer from one-way audio, robot voice, low volume, clipping, difficult to understand speech, video freezing and video & audio being out of sync. Similarly, as more and more business applications move to the cloud reliability of network connections becomes more important. It’s now not uncommon to be hit with the spinning wait cursor/pinwheel/beach ball when accessing hosted applications. With the proliferation of sales, marketing, HR, supply chain and financial Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, a business’ productivity can be seriously affected by hung applications.

Today business services are breaking down into three key areas:

  • IP telephony,
  • video conferencing
  • cloud applications

Business applications as varied as CRM, payroll, benefits and demand generation have moved from corporate data centers to the cloud and are delivered using a SaaS model. To use these applications remote offices used to connect over a dedicated link to the corporate data center, but now they connect over the Internet to a virtual server in the cloud. By 2020, SaaS will compromise 25% of the total software market. Spending on SaaS products 6
is expected to hit $50 billion by 2024, up from $12 billion today, and 78% of firms say they’re planning to expand their SaaS usage within the next three years. With this increased 7 dependence on the cloud comes to an inherent requirement to have reliable and secure connections to hosted applications.

Employee productivity is diminished by sluggish or even unresponsive applications. Increasingly the spinning wait cursor is influenced by network congestion as the application’s connection has to traverse the access, backbone and core portions of the Internet, all ripe areas for congestion and disruption. Users want a predictable high-quality experience when using any application,
especially mission-critical business applications.

Today’s Solutions: Too Costly and Complex, or No Longer Applicable

Until recently, to meet these performance challenges SMBs had to invest in expensive leased lines, MPLS connections and/or deploy complicated WAN Optimization/Software Defined-Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solutions. Today, however, the justification for these investments is breaking down. This breakdown has several causes, specifically:
• Price sensitivity has become more of an issue
• More users are migrating to cloud services
• Businesses discovered that adding more bandwidth just postpones the problem
• Complexity has mounted both in installation and management

* Article provided by Blue Fox Group Vendor Partner: Inspeed