Networks Europe Jul-Aug 2019 - Page 18

18 OPINION Because for network managers and end users alike, merely being cloud-based is no longer enough. To convey real benefits, the network must be intentionally and intelligently optimised to leverage the cloud’s universality and 24/7 accessibility from any location. That means using cloud- based network management that gives administrators flexibility and scalability – all with hands-off control – ideally, even new hardware will be pre-programmed before despatch and linked to the network and updated as soon as it’s plugged in. When such a network configuration is achieved, it provides clear benefits to end users and resellers/external network managers alike. "For network managers, be they in-house or external, centralised management simplifies the IT workload and gives easy access to reporting and monitoring wherever and whenever it’s needed" Tangible benefits For the end user, remote management and hardware pre- configuration can help to reduce network-related downtime and even the downtime that’s required, for example, to install hardware, may be scheduled to suit the business. Remote management also removes the element of intrusion and the need to adhere to rigid timetables. The cloud network that’s designed for simplicity of installation and ease of use is likely to give end users greater confidence, including the confidence to add further capability to their network and thus use data, IoT and other innovative approaches. This will potentially drive up revenue and generating a commercial advantage. For network managers, be they in-house or external, centralised management simplifies the IT workload and gives easy access to reporting and monitoring wherever and whenever it’s needed. The comprehensive overview of the network that comes with centralised cloud-based management can also help resellers to suggest beneficial scaling and expansion/innovation opportunities to their clients. There’s no need for the supplier, or even the network manager, to visit the site for most mundane matters, which allows flexible timing and greater convenience all around. In short, an approach to network management that’s not simply cloud-based, but consciously designed to harness cloud capabilities to optimise the network, can avoid the headaches that often afflict resellers and network managers. This approach provides an easy, scalable solution that’s straightforward to deploy. Simple, centrally-managed networking gives managers pinpoint control and oversight of their network whenever they want it, and consequently positions the business to take full advantage of its own data. And in the age of big data, what could be better than that? n www.networkseuropemagazine.com