Why Do Organizations Need a Network as a Service?
Organizations need network management as a service simply because it’s the easier, safer and more cost-effective alternative to managing networks with traditional solutions, especially now that the cloud is ubiquitous. These days companies rely heavily on the cloud for all aspects of their business - consider that most employees use four cloud applications on average in their daily routines - so to incorporate a cloud-friendly network as a service solution makes more sense. Billing, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and other important business ideas now flow first through the cloud.
This trend highlights how nonsensical it is to force the use of traditional networking tools with the cloud. Down this path lies expenditures of capital and time that still leave gaps in the network where hackers can get in. Adding the cloud to an organization’s network reduces visibility for IT and demands more work from them, if they’re to clearly understand where and how network data is exposed. A VPN, for instance, isn’t enough for our new reality. VPNs beg the use of hardware and manual configuration, and yet still lack enough sophistication to segment and create custom access policies for specific parts of the network or implement advanced security tools. This degree of exposure risks compliance, data breaches, and other potentially ruinous events.