October 08, 2021

SEACOM's new generation of networks will benefit your company

Successful businesses will embrace new technologies and take advantage of the latest network solutions. Business leaders may get bogged down with the technical aspects of information and communication technology (ICT), which means that they may be missing out on some key problem-solving aspects of modern networks, whether it is fibre internet, SD-WAN or voice solutions.

Business processes are mostly digitised, so having a high-speed, reliable and modernised network is essential. These next-generation services offer better security and more dynamic capabilities when it comes to remote working, cloud computing and increasing network capacity. SEACOM Business offers a range of networking solutions that will certainly benefit large companies in Africa.

The new generation of networks

Many medium-to-large enterprises have multiple branches - some of which may be located in different countries. These companies use various internet services from multiple providers but this is not ideal. Networks and services can quickly become unmanageable, especially when it comes to traditional solutions such as virtual private networks (VPNs) or multiprotocol label switching (MPLS).

In addition, modern businesses are becoming more reliant on cloud-based applications and hosted services. If the company cannot efficiently manage its network traffic for these applications, or if its bandwidth is limited in any way, then these vital services can grind to a halt and leave employees unable to perform their tasks or prevent customers from accessing websites and e-commerce platforms.

Network security is another key consideration for enterprises that are digitising their operations. Cyber security threats are always evolving and becoming more advanced, so using the latest security software and hardware-based firewalls is absolutely vital. However, these solutions are often costly and require constant monitoring. The new generation of security services offered by SEACOM Business are autonomous and advanced, offering peace of mind and automatic updates.

One such solution that meets the requirements for all of these aspects is SD-WAN - a software-based wide area network that incorporates cloud-based services, automatic traffic management and network security into one offering for large companies. SD-WAN creates a centralised network that automatically directs traffic in the most efficient manner. It allows a business to optimise bandwidth usage, reduce costs, utilise cloud-based applications and boost network security.

The importance of dynamic routing

SD-WAN provides redundancy and reliability advantages to companies. Normally, if a branch office suffers a network outage, it cannot function properly. However, with our modern SD-WAN and networking solutions, an outage on one connection will not affect business functioning. This is due to our use of dynamic routing, whereby the software in the SD-WAN automatically redirects traffic over the remaining links. This allows a company to continue generating revenue and serving its customers. Any network problems are automatically identified and addressed with SD-WAN.

Another major benefit of SD-WAN is its ability to use and manage multiple internet services from different providers at the same time. This improves network flexibility and removes the reliance on a single provider, which also increases reliability. Businesses can implement dynamic rule sets to route certain data through cheaper transport routes or more reliable links.

Increased cloud performance

Traditional networking solutions may struggle to keep up with business functions that are being developed for the cloud. Data traffic usually requires backhauling to a data centre before being routed to the cloud for security purposes. This can slow down performance. SD-WAN fully supports the cloud migration that most businesses are undertaking nowadays as it is designed for applications that are hosted in the cloud or at on-premise data centres.

SD-WAN can automatically identify each application on the network and dynamically route it via the most optimal link. This optimises application performance and drastically reduces the workload for IT teams. It makes use of cloud technology to deliver the best results for businesses and it also ensures that network failures are addressed immediately, rather than reactively.

Future-proofing the company network

Connectivity is essential for modern businesses. Speed alone is not enough to meet networking demands; control, security, reliability and flexibility are key considerations that can have a direct impact on operations and revenue. A company needs to consider the future of networking by taking advantage of all of the modern services available.

Enterprises that want to make the most of their networks need dynamic solutions that meet their needs with greater flexibility and functionality. Companies need to choose a reliable partner that can offer the latest in networking technology and a holistic approach to business connectivity and communication. For more information about these services and more, email us at marketing@seacom.com or leave us a message.

SEACOM owns Africa’s most extensive network of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, including subsea cables and secure internet connections. We offer a diverse range of flexible, scalable and high-quality solutions for businesses that meet world-class standards for connectivity.

SEACOM is privately owned and operated, making it agile and adaptable to the needs of the customer. This makes us the preferred ICT and internet connectivity partner for African businesses and peripheral service providers. We can guarantee high-speed, low-latency and secure internet connections to corporates and small enterprises.

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