This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CBTS. All opinions are 100% mine.
NaaS is offering of network services from third parties to consumers (organizations) that don’t want to build their own networking infrastructure in-house. It enables customers to deploy a fully managed network solution that combines cloud integration, security, switching, WiFi, management, monitoring, WAN connectivity, data center connectivity, bandwidth on demand (BoD), and SD-WAN. It is a complete package of networking resources, services, and applications as a product that can be purchased for multiple users for a certain period. NaaS offers businesses an accessible way of upholding, supporting, growing and safeguarding the commercial networks today. It is probably not a new concept, but its placement has been slowed down in the past. In this article, we will learn or discuss what NaaS is, what it offers, how beneficial it is for small & medium level organizations.
CBTS has built the NaaS (Network as a Service) solution to transform Cisco Meraki’s industry leading networking, switching, LAN, WAN, Wifi, Security, & IOT platform into an “as-a-Service”, which is managed by their certified engineers. NaaS is particularly related to another cloud services which are offered by Cloud Service Providers (CSP), in addition to, NaaS include Software as a Service (SaaS), which is a computing platform to develop and host applications,
Features of NaaS
- Eradicates the large capital investments which are normally required to purchase the most expensive networking equipment.
- You need to pay only for the required equipment and management.
- Benefit from superior performance, security, and reliability at a lower cost. Saves as much as 76% over traditional WAN.
- Easy to manage.
- Offers network switching, security, WiFi, VPN, and SD-WAN.
- 24 x 7 x 365 support and upgrading services.
- Scalable for every business needs.
CBTS has introduced NaaS as an optimized solution for connecting businesses & users with SD-WAN. The key aim of Naas is to manage hybrid public and private networks with remote sites less complex and more affordable. NaaS supports single site, as well as, multi-site locations. With the single site location, NaaS can manage the complete network and IT requirements of your organization so that you can focus on your essential business. The multi-site location provides full stack placement, which includes next-Gen technologies like the SD-WAN to connect to an unlimited number of branch locations over all types of connectivity.
NaaS is a cloud model that delivers network services virtually as a ‘pay as you use’ model. That is, you only pay for the networking services you use.
Why should the organizations invest in NaaS?
NaaS performs the following jobs so that you can reliably invest in it:
- It connects HQ, data centers, remote branches, private and public clouds.
- It helps applications run the business, such as voice data, video, and collaboration.
- It meets the technology demands of your customers.
- It provides security, confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
The main problems with today’s WAN are that they offer more complexity in deployment, skill sets, and private and public cloud, and deteriorates in performance. Even their cost and larger compared to their security options. In such a case, NaaS eradicates these issues and provides you a complete list of service operations such as monitoring, sending alerts, creating support tickets, provisioning, configuring, upgrading, and invoicing. It is a simple and cost-effective service with advanced IT networking experience without any complexity. With its single unified interface, you can view the complete data, and remove the dependence of the complex support and services. It comes with a modern scalable interface which is designed to meet every business needs. And even their support team is ready to assist you 24 x 7 x 365.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN or Software-Defined Wide Area Network is a particular application of SDN (Software-Defined Networking) technology which is applied to WAN connections. SD-WAN is used to connect enterprise networks, which include, branch offices and data centers, located at large geographic distances. A WAN is used to connect branch offices to a central corporate network that needs specially registered hardware. The SD-WAN extends its hands even more of the network control into the cloud with a software approach. It also provides the control to scale the services as you grow as an organization.
Features of SD-WAN
SD-WAN includes the following set of features:
- Intelligent control transforms public and private networks into secure and reliable WANs.
- Flexible deployment models.
- The quality of Experience for real-time applications.
- Helps to qualify the challenges of managing traditional WANs.
- Provides a simple interface for managing a WAN.
- Supports multiple types of connections.
- Dynamic path selection.
- Support for VPNs.
NaaS along with SD-WAN dedicates itself to your infrastructure by following its 4 role models- connectivity, reliability, security, and reducing complexity.
Connectivity & uptime of services are two important factors for companies to stay competitive in the ever growing market. NaaS is completely connectivity agnostic and uses AutoVPN for site-to-site connectivity over IPSEC. For endpoint connectivity, it uses full route or switch or a WiFi infrastructure.
NaaS offers full support and service and puts layers of redundancy with multiple uplinks and LTE failover. It ensures that your equipment is under warranty and provides support for an upgrade for the duration of service.
NaaS offers a managed next-Gen firewall at every site and creates a centralized policy, deploys and manages it. In the case of any issues, it monitors and alerts via a trusted security partner to make sure that network admins are aware of the ongoing issues.
Check out the small video related to NaaS below:
Network admins often complains about their job complexity and the things they have to manage simultaneously. NaaS makes network admin’s job much easier. It provides some awesome & intuitive tools to automate some of their tasks. It also introduces Co-admin model and makes delegation of tasks easier & less complex. Dedicated deployment project managers for your organization with NaaS are very useful to manage organization’s network infrastructure.
NaaS along with SD-WAN offers the full-fledged network infrastructure bundle built on Cisco Meraki. Some concerns like dealing with service level agreements, the possibility of vendor lock-in, and agreement issues related to the data control are addressed by CBTS with their NaaS offering. It looks very tempting for small, medium level organizations that want to save time, money & effort together while ensuring the best network service. Request a FREE Demo today!