NaaS, “the catalyst for network automation in the cloud era”

Businesses today need to be more agile and responsive than ever before. But as they continue to embrace the cloud and move toward a digitized and decentralized way of working, businesses are realizing that traditional network services are struggling to keep up with this trend.
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With the development of SDN (Software Defined Network) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), the way companies supply, manage, and maintain network services has changed significantly.

Network automation provides businesses with benefits ranging from better control of network changes to network service provisioning time, maintenance, and cost.

The easiest way to start automating networks in line with the popular ‘as a service’ consumption model of the past decade is to adopt a ‘network as a service’ (NaaS) model.

The NaaS model allows businesses to take full advantage of network automation, redesign their networks from scratch or rewrite difficult-to-handle contracts. And, crucially, businesses only have to pay for the bandwidth they use.

The need for NaaS

Simply put, NaaS, like other ‘Anything as a Service’ (XaaS), is an extension of the trend of renting infrastructure and applications rather than owning them. This means that as digital transformation continues for businesses, it shifts from cost of capital to cost of operations and increases agility.

When adopting NaaS, enterprises can reduce service delivery time to minutes by provisioning a network connection directly through the customer portal. This means network capacity can be scaled up or down in real time to meet business needs.

These services are effective in reducing costs in several areas. Businesses are no longer bound by long-term contracts that do not adapt to changes in network traffic.

NaaS gives IT departments more granular visibility into bandwidth usage to effectively manage network costs. In addition, companies do not build their own infrastructure and use the NaaS platform, so there is no cost to purchase, maintain, and manage hardware for implementing network automation.

This characteristic of NaaS is very important for CTOs because the company has to supply the network as needed. In particular, with the large-scale shift to remote work and regional sanctions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict the peak of network traffic for enterprises, which further necessitates the introduction of NaaS.

Protect your network from the dangers of the public internet

Using a private dedicated network to connect to a cloud service provider can help CTOs check some of the risks of the public internet and improve overall network performance and security. Sensitive systems are not directly connected to the public Internet, but exist in a separate state on the network, and enterprises can integrate network services and security services such as firewalls.

Gartner predicts that the cloud will continue to change over the next few years as more enterprises move to distributed, hyperscale and hybrid solutions. This adds to the complexity of the IT infrastructure, requiring IT departments to expedite cloud-based resource provisioning and configuration management.

To further enhance your cloud connectivity, you can consider integrating APIs through NaaS platforms. APIs are a new area of ​​business, allowing you to orchestrate and automate applications, services, and networks in virtually any way you want.

IT departments need to quickly integrate, adapt, and deploy new processes and services to respond to new problems, crises, and trends. Future-proofing requires Intelligent Automation tools and process alignment.

Gone are the days when companies felt the frustration of being tied to a long-term contract with respect to network services. Businesses now have the autonomy to instantly access the capacity and services they need, and can benefit from network automation. [email protected]


Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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