Whiteboard Fridays: Global Networking for Unified Communications
Going global with your Unified Communications (UC) network environment is a necessary part of doing business across an international landscape. The flexibility available in today’s network implementation offerings affords a number of ways to accomplish this task.
Top 3 Use Considerations When Providing Global Unified Communications for your Company
1. Creating a global Wide-Area Network (WAN)
Setting up a global WAN simply means interconnecting each separate office network to provide Unified Communications (UC) across all locations. This option is the easiest in terms of receiving minimal regulatory scrutiny from each local government, since each office is only being connected to the other offices within the corporate network.
2. Deploying Hosted Internet services
This option involves a telecommunications provider like West, providing Internet connectivity for your global sites. In this situation, the company will be subject to the rules and regulations related to Internet connectivity and privacy, for each specific country. In comparing WAN vs. Hosted Internet from a regulatory standpoint, WAN is easier to implement.
3. Implementing Cloud-based Application access
A third possibility for providing global UC for your company is to deploy global application accessibility at each site. Applications can include items like conferencing, instant messaging, chat, voice and other services accessible from the Internet. This option is also at the mercy of local regulations like hosted Internet, but mostly uses your interconnected WAN sites to gain admission to company-wide apps. The level of restrictions will be based on the type of application being accessed (i.e. conferencing = less restrictive and voice = more restrictive).
Implementation Scenarios for Global UC Networking
Corporate-wide Global WAN
Using software-defined networking (SDN) or SD-WAN solutions, companies can easily install a straight-forward, cloud-based network that will connect office locations across geographic boundaries. An SD-WAN solution like Maxxis SD-WAN, saves time and money in deployment, resources and management, and can be the ideal way to implement company-wide intercontinental Unified Communications.
Going to a hosted all-IP network for Internet can provide companies with high performance, as well as flexibility and redundancy. West meets the need for hosted Internet with its Maxxis Application Network. This product uses Tier1 carriers for expansive geographic coverage with intelligent application-based routing, and proactive monitoring for superior performance.
Many companies are interested in cloud-based application deployment, to simplify application management and realize more enhanced security and control. With Office 365 provided by West, global offices can use Office apps across myriad devices, with web access and real-time document syncing. This cloud-hosted collaboration service combines Office desktop apps, email, calendaring, instant messaging, video conferencing and file sharing into a complete solution.
Regardless of the type of global network infrastructure implemented, our Maxxis network at West Unified Communications and other cloud-based services offerings can help your organization achieve its global UC networking goals. If you’d like assistance deploying global Unified Communications for your organization, just contact us at West Unified Communications.
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