Many businesses are looking for new options as far as high speed Internet connectivity that also ensures data security. The kind of network your business needs greatly depends on what your business is, what kind of information you will be dealing with, how many people will be using the network, and what kind of security you need. Fortunately, most network providers can work with your business to create a solution to your needs, whether it’s faster speeds, cloud services, or greater security. The following is a list of a few of the different kinds of networks your company can use:
Private networking—This is a way to connect employees who may be geographically separated across a shared network that is secure and relatively inexpensive. This network is often connected via SSL which ensures a high level of encryption without sacrificing speed. This means you will get a high level of business network security while still maintaining low costs of operations and network efficiency.
MPLS Site to Site VPN solution—A Multi-Protocol Label Switching VPN(Virtual Private Networks) service allows all of your business applications to live under one roof, figuratively speaking. This wide area networking (WAN) technology paired with site to site virtual private network (VPN) allow different networks to interconnect without needing leased lines in between. The result is reduced cost and greater security. It also means teams of workers in different regions can connect safely and efficiently.
Business DSL—Business DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is good for small businesses because it is affordable and can provide you with download speeds up to 20 Mbps. If your company uses the Internet heavily for downloads but not necessarily for cloud-based activity this would be a good solution. Options usually include ADSL(Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and SDSL(Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line).
T1—This basic network offers speeds up to 12 Mbps and is usually scalable depending on the growth of your business. A T1 may work reasonably well for a home office or a few employees, but for an entire office a T1 would not suffice. Usually you can upgrade to a business DSL and from there utilize other network solutions as needed.
Cloud-based—Many of these networks will involve varying degrees of cloud-based technology that deliver Security as a Service (SaaS). This usually includes various combinations of firewalls, anti-virus, web filtering, and data loss prevention. As the world becomes interconnected through digital channels network security is becoming increasingly important. If you’re setting up a new business, the network you’re going to use should be one of the first overhead costs you consider. Failure to do so can eventually lead to security breaches and slow speeds, which can lead to business loss, frustrated employees and weak output.