Hybrid Networks Drive Business Innovation

Hybrid Networks Drive Business Innovation

Is your network as dynamic as your business? If not, perhaps it’s time to consider a hybrid network. After all, your network is your organization’s central nervous system.

Hybrid networks incorporate a variety of options from private network and VPN services to Internet and cloud connectivity. Hybrid means being able to deliver the network solutions that best fit your business environment.

The market for hybrid network services is growing rapidly. This is driven in large measure by the increase in enterprise bandwidth consumption--growing by 30% a year, according to Gartner market research. This in due to the increase in the number of devices connecting to corporate networks, the types of business critical applications and the increasing use of video communications.

Several considerations should be taken into account when planning a hybrid network, including size, location and application environment. Business Continuity Disaster Recovery (BCDR) requirements, public cloud connectivity needs and the essential network functions required should also be factored in to the design of hybrid networks.

The one size fit all approach doesn’t work for dynamic organizations, so mixing and matching solutions across multiple deployment platforms means a solution is optimized for each customer’s particular network architecture and application performance requirements.

Hybrid architectures make it easy to design, deploy, manage and modify your global network to meet large office and data center requirements. They also reduce the complexity of making geographic changes such as the inclusion of branch offices and remote workers.

A few of the key benefits of hybrid WAN services include:

  • Improved reliability with multiple network service types integrated into one logical, managed WAN service
  • Increased reliability from a network service provider with the dynamic and agile features of hybrid WAN services
  • Improved application performance by using load balancing and quality of service (QoS) options

This flexibility is essential to achieving optimum performance. As many companies are finding, traditional network solutions are rigid, hard to manage, and lack both the visibility and control that network professionals require. And while pure “over-the-top” solutions that make exclusive use of the Internet can make life easier, they can’t guarantee the high performance you need for mission-critical applications. Only hybrid networks can help you achieve price and performance optimization your business needs.

Unlimited Flexibility

Masergy’s global Software Defined Platform lets businesses mix and match Intelligent Connectivity, our high performance service, with Network as a Service, our over-the-top service. We can even mix and match these services to provide robust BCDR as needed. Once connected to our global platform, clients can “spin-up” as many MPLS, VPLS, VPWS, and Public Internet virtual networks they need.

For key network functions like routers, firewalls, enterprise session border controllers, and WAN Optimization, clients can mix and match between premises, cloud based, and distributed Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployment models to further optimize their environment.

Masergy’s Intelligent Service Control allows our clients to make real time changes to their services from any computer or mobile device. Our Intelligent Network Analyst delivers real time forensic visibility into global network performance.

Many companies are upgrading their rigid network solutions in favor of hybrid networks that provide a single platform with unlimited flexibility.

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About Ray Watson

VP, Innovation, Masergy
Ray Watson is VP of Innovation at Masergy. He brings over 17 years of expertise in IT strategy, application solution design and next-generation network architectures. Ray has enabled numerous global enterprises in transforming their IT infrastructures to guarantee business outcomes. Ray is an industry thought leader in IT transformation and is a frequent speaker on topics such as hybrid networking, SDN, NFV, cloud connectivity and advanced security. Prior to joining Masergy, Ray worked at Airband Communications and Broadwing Communications. He holds a B.S. from Purdue University.