Internet Solutions launches CloudWAN services in East Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – Internet Solutions clients can now easily deploy network infrastructure services in their new branches at reduced costs following the launch of the company’s first virtual software defined wide area network solution dubbed CloudWAN.

The solution which is now available in Kenya and East Africa will among other things enable companies to reduce set-up time, service costs of network solutions and applications deployment whenever they open new offices in different locations or regions especially in remote areas with infrastructure challenges.

Speaking during the launch of the new solution Internet Solutions Managing Director Richard Hechle said the existing networking technology, hardware and expertise in the country is expensive, and enterprises are dependent on physical equipment which means cumbersome installation and constant maintenance.

“As we take our first steps towards cloud-integrated networks, solutions like CloudWAN will enable our clients to use their networks and the Internet as intelligent business catalysts, rather than just a data carrier system,” he said.

Hechle noted that as data traffic between remote offices and site gets more substantial, investing in legacy network technologies may not be the best financial fit and it no longer guarantees a quick connection at this time where consumers, clients and stakeholders no longer accept ‘the network is down’ as an explanation for service or business failure.

According the company, today’s enterprise networks are no longer driving enough business value and therefore all IT resources must support dynamic business requirements such as expansion into new locales – including the network.

Thanks to the digital revolution, he said the market was experiencing a disruption of traditional business models where vast and siloed corporate structures are giving way to highly agile enterprises which are no longer confined by geography, and that are built to respond quickly to fast-changing markets. Networks must be equally responsive. In this time of business transition, future-proofing is a priority.

“Business information and communications technologies are becoming virtualized services yet hardware does not enable IT managers to be pragmatic in their responses to management requests, or to increase the resilience of their infrastructure investments. That is why the future lies in virtualized services.

As multitudes of devices in numerous sites are added to an enterprise wide area network, existing network technologies are increasingly becoming restrictive, expensive and can no longer guarantee quick and reliable network connections.

Currently, Enterprise wide area networks require network hardware such as routers, switches, and firewalls, as well as network architects and engineers to install, configure and test the hardware manually. When an already-complex network requires additional capability, instead of investing in additional equipment, cumbersome installation and costly support, CloudWAN virtualizes network functions such as firewalls or WAN accelerators.

“Software-defined networking is leading to open communication protocols and Application Programming Interfaces that are device-agnostic but still offer the same security, reliability and resiliency of vendor-proprietary hardware and appliances. This will lead to significant cost-savings for enterprises as they scale their networks,” he said.

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