The communications industry has been bundling services for decades, creating singular offerings from distinct technologies. In recent years, bundling has reached an extreme as IP-based unified communications platforms have transformed collaboration in the enterprise world. Traditional services, such as voice and fax, appear to have fallen off the radar in this converged communications environment. However, a closer look at voice and fax reveals that both technologies have evolved to remain valuable for businesses.
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In the past, dedicated internet access (DIA) was a privileged commodity. Businesses required basic connectivity to access the web, and providers competed to offer the lowest prices in the industry. In recent years, IP-based communications have led to the expansion of the digital world.
Cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT), increased mobile device usage, and a wide range of related trends are causing a shift in enterprise networking. The days of static, inflexible networks are gone. Instead, organizations increasingly rely on on-demand network scalability to keep users connected in a cost-efficient way.
The rise of cloud communications creates the opportunity for MPLS solutions to become more valuable than ever. Multi-protocol label switching technologies have been the basis of enterprise WAN systems for quite some time. The potential benefits of MPLS are particularly magnified by SD WAN technologies that allow MPLS to become a strategic channel for high-performance services that impose significant demands on the network.
To begin, flexible work models have been gaining momentum since the arrival of widely accessible broadband internet. Geographic borders are diminishing as businesses of all sizes take advantage of a global workforce and customer base, thus creating a work environment in which employees can fulfill their jobs from their branch offices, homes, public Wi-Fi hotspots and many other locations around the globe.
Continuous advances in the cloud computing ecosystem enable businesses who have a strategic understanding of the cloud to utilize it for just about anything. The challenge in many cases, is that organizations typically have access to a wider range of application, platform and data storage services versus their demand for SD WAN. SD WAN systems are changing this dynamic.
The growing wave of mobile devices and cloud services arriving in the enterprise creates new challenges for IT. Along with controlling devices and systems housed within the corporate network, IT must find ways to manage data and devices that extend beyond their direct control, which makes overarching management critical. Office 365 enables IT personnel to assert the control they need to manage policies and devices intuitively.