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Enterprise benefits of Dedicated Internet Access (DIA)

DIA, or Dedicated Internet Access, is a valuable asset in your connectivity strategy as it gives you an exclusively reserved lane on the information superhighway. This ensures your data moves quickly and securely, free from the congestion often experienced on shared internet access, which translates into a consistent, reliable performance—a critical factor for enterprises reliant on continuous online operations. 

Want to know if DIA is right for you and how it allows for a more streamlined network? Read on as we dive into the benefits that DIA offers global enterprises on their quest towards next-generation connectivity.

The reliability of DIA

Imagine uninterrupted, high-performance internet—no hiccups, no downtime. Reliability is the fuel that keeps your business engine running at top speed. And DIA offers just this.

Built on dedicated infrastructure and backed by comprehensive, built-in Service Level Agreements (SLAs), DIA providers can guarantee uptime, define performance levels, and establish response time benchmarks. It’s the commitment to excellence that sets DIA apart from consumer-grade shared internet services such as broadband, DSL and FTTx, providing enterprises with the assurance of a dependable and responsive connectivity partner.

Scale up whenever you need

Need more bandwidth without compromising on performance? Consider it done. 

DIA is an uncontended solution that adapts seamlessly to increasing bandwidth demands, seasonal peaks, and changes in data usage. This scalability makes DIA an investment for the future, ensuring that your connectivity infrastructure evolves in tandem with your business.

Optimizing efficiency

DIA is the key to optimizing efficiency. It doesn’t just provide swift and reliable access to cloud-based tools; it transforms your operations with seamless online collaboration. 

The power lies not just in connectivity but in the effortless flow of data and ruthless quality monitoring, empowering businesses to go beyond geographical limits and move towards a future where collaboration knows no bounds, this is especially critical for international operations or hybrid workforces relying on Zoom or Teams calls.

Guaranteed high speeds

The speed of data transfer is key for business productivity. DIA stands out as the leader in speed, offering much faster throughput than other access technologies—a characteristic accentuated by symmetrical non-overbooked bandwidth.

Unlike shared connections—where advertised download speeds typically outpace uploads —DIA ensures both directions move at the same speed. Which is critical for hosted business applications, like video conferencing, SAAS and cloud-native applications or other interactive applications. Moreover, DIA distinguishes itself from shared alternatives by providing guaranteed speeds (which are also backed by SLAs)—eliminating the uncertainty associated with fluctuating rates. 

All this means that what you pay for is precisely what you get. A commitment to stable, high-speed networks that propel your business into the fast lane of digital efficiency.

Protecting your digital assets

In an era where the digital landscape is both vast and vulnerable, safeguarding your business’s most valuable asset—data—is key. 

Being a dedicated connection, DIA ensures a more reliable data transmission when compared to broadband access, limiting the exposure to external agents or potential threats. Further, DIA is always provided with service guarantees, proactive service resolution, and unrestricted ways to run and operate VPN options, for extra enterprise security — and peace of mind.

Lead-time and support guarantees

Surprises are nice – unless it’s your internet provider telling you they can’t deliver your connectivity two days before opening day. 

Luckily, you don’t need to worry about this when buying Dedicated Internet Access for your business. Unlike consumer broadband or shared connections, DIA comes with lead-time guarantees, ensuring networks will be in place and up and running according to plan. Not only that, support and response-time guarantees are also part of your contract. All this means that what you pay for is precisely what you get – reliability, high speeds, security, and the right level of service.

Is DIA right for your business?

If DIA is as good as it sounds, and it is, what’s left to think about? As a premium service, Dedicated Internet Access does require a bigger IT investment than regular broadband — an investment that pays itself if connectivity is critical to your business.

Scalability is surely appealing for fast-growing businesses seeking heightened productivity and streamlined workflows. For enterprises heavily reliant on cloud, SAAS and other interactive applications, especially if these are bandwidth-intensive applications, DIA offers a gateway to enhanced efficiency and collaboration. Moreover, if security and always-on connectivity are non-negotiable in your business landscape, DIA stands out as a strategic choice. 

Other typical cases that demand Dedicated Internet Access include: 

  • For enabling collaboration between hybrid workforce, DIA offers the performance that video conferencing tools and high-bandwidth applications demand
  • To support your customer service strategy, delivering fast connectivity with limited downtime for exceptional user experience
  • For transferring sensitive data, such as personal customer information, legal data, or health-related data
  • For time-critical applications, especially when dealing with real-time data transfers: financial transactions, e-commerce, streaming

GNX, a long-term connectivity partner

Reliability, stellar customer service, and scalability – the trinity of an agile, future-proof network and foundation for digital success. 

Whether you are looking for DIA across all your sites, or a combination of different access technologies, at GNX, we can provide you with expert advice and managed connectivity solutions to help you navigate the complex world of global connectivity, from service design through the entire lifecycle.

And that’s not all. With our platform Lara, you’ll gain direct access to our network of thousands of ISPs to help you source, compare, and deploy different options yourself. Just like booking an airline ticket or a hotel room online, Lara shows you all the options available – for technology, speeds, price, and more – with full transparency right at your fingertips. It’s like having your own personal network expert! Only this one is powered by data, not coffee.

Our fanatical team of connectivity experts is available 24/7 to make sure you get your solution exactly right. Get in touch to learn more.

GNX. Straightforward Connectivity.

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Five considerations for choosing your access technology

The race for a more agile WAN infrastructure is on. Business applications continue their move to the cloud, and more companies are turning to SD-WAN to manage their connectivity and optimize cloud and SAAS partner access. And while some global enterprises with strict SLA requirements opt for a hybrid WAN approach – combining their traditional MPLS with internet transport for greater flexibility when connecting their branches to the cloud –, a good bunch is choosing to fully rely on an internet-based WAN. 

But even within the internet world, there are choices to be made.

Of course, we all wish for a magic bullet that combines 100% uptime, maximum speeds, and the lowest cost; but that’s not how things work. However, knowing what you need will prevent you from spending more money, time, and resources than necessary. So, where to start? In this blog, we’ve collected five key considerations to help you in the right direction.

A guide to understanding your connectivity needs

Efficient and reliable connectivity is the backbone of all modern operations, impacting everything from communication to data transfer and application performance. So, to thrive in this digital age, you must know your (global) connectivity needs, just as captains need to understand their navigation charts before setting sail. 

In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the key steps to get it right.

Assessing current operations

The first step in understanding your connectivity needs is a thorough evaluation of your current network operations. This includes evaluating your existing contracts, rates, service providers, and their performance up to now. By gaining a clear picture of your existing setup, you can identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Know where resources are spending most of their time, and opportunities to gain efficiencies.

It’s important to take into account that visibility into your network’s operations is an often overlooked but critical aspect of connectivity management. Without it, optimizing your connectivity can feel like navigating a dark maze blindfolded. So, it’s important to include this in your assessment.

Consider your business objectives

When done right, connectivity can be an enabler for meeting your business goals – so taking them into account when defining your connectivity needs is key. 

Whether it’s expanding to new markets, supporting remote workforces, or launching new applications, knowing what you aim to achieve is fundamental to determining your (global) connectivity requirements. Think of your business objectives as the compass that will point your network strategy in the right direction.

Identifying the user requirements

With clear objectives in mind, it’s time to look at your people. One size does not fit all, especially across medium and large organizations, with branches spread across countries, and the different devices required to fulfill different roles. 

That’s why you will want to conduct interviews and surveys among your employees to gather insights into the applications and services they rely on. Their expectations regarding network speed, reliability, and security will function as a roadmap toward your connectivity requirements.

Considering your security and compliance needs

Of course, you want your data to be safe by securing your network. Just as you wouldn’t leave your home unlocked, the door to your network should be safely shut. But there’s a lot of information out there, so it can be challenging to figure out where to begin. 

That’s why you’ll first want to assess if your industry has specific security requirements and compliance regulations to adhere to. This will ensure that your network follows local regulations and is equipped to handle encryption, firewall protection, and data privacy in accordance with these standards. If your industry has no specific requirements or regulations, find the industry that’s most like yours and use that as a starting point.

Network visibility, control, and fine-tuning

Navigating the DIY route for network aggregation—sourcing, managing, and setting up connections—can be a real challenge. Even after getting everything set up, keeping track of what’s happening across your network, its performance, ISP contracts, and separate invoices will soon become a puzzle.

This is why, especially in a global setup, having a clear view and full control over your network is super important. So, it’s key to invest enough time and resources into taking this control. That will make it way easier to find, compare, set up, manage, and support your network connections (and get some peace of mind).

Future-proofing your connectivity

Future-proofing your (global) connectivity is like designing a building with adaptable architecture. Just like modular construction ensures buildings can grow and evolve without tearing down walls, modern networks must be able to evolve and scale without facing technological hurdles. 

For instance, consider a network setup that can easily accommodate a sudden peak in users or integrate cutting-edge technologies without causing disruptions. This foresight involves thinking about scalability, ensuring your network can expand smoothly as your business grows, and flexibility to adapt to emerging technologies.

Seeking expert guidance

Companies with large IT teams may already have the resources and people required to go through some of these steps. However, in some cases, it can still be beneficial to get the expertise of a third party or to free resources to focus on more strategic issues. This will help reduce lead time, training and certification costs, and risk.

Want to take full control and make sure your connectivity is next-generation ready and a perfect fit for your company? GNX offers comprehensive, tailor-made solutions and expert guidance to help businesses navigate the complexities of global connectivity. 

And that’s not all. Together with our super smart platform, Lara, we provide you with easy access to global networks. With Lara, you get a one-stop shop that lets you compare different connectivity options from thousands of providers. Much like browsing different travel deals when planning a trip, Lara shows you all the options available – for technology, speeds, price, and more – helping you pick the best one that suits your needs.

But it isn’t just about finding connections. It’s about simplifying the entire process. Lara gives you a clear view of your entire network setup, with management and support functions right at your fingertips. It’s like having your own personal network expert, making the complex world of connectivity like it should be: straightforward and simple.

SASE explained beyond the hype: business benefits

Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) have been around for a number of years by now. The next generation of this technology is here. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), also known as Zero Trust Edge, is where SD-WAN benefits really come to life, enabling your secure journey to the cloud.

Context

Modern applications demand a lot more from the network than in the past. It’s critical to have secure access to any application at any place. It should not matter if the application is locally hosted in a private data center, in a colocation facility, hosted in public cloud provider space (IaaS), or offered as a hosted application (SaaS). Secure access – that’s what it is all about. The underlying (interregional) network that the SASE or SD-WAN solution builds its services on is, then, crucial for a good user experience.

SASE is a cloud-delivered service that combines network and security functions with WAN capabilities to support the dynamic, secure access needs of today’s hybrid organizations. Conceptually, SASE extends networking and security capabilities beyond where they’re typically available. This lets users, regardless of location, take advantage of firewall as a service (FWaaS), secure web gateway (SWG), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and a medley of threat detection functions.

Why do we need SASE?

Today’s users can work from anywhere, which means that IT teams have a much harder job in ensuring that the right levels of security are still applied to users while they are not sitting at office desks or in company buildings. SASE ensures that a consistent security policy is enforced without having to backhaul traffic to chokepoints like VPN concentrators in data center locations or headquarters with limited bandwidth.

This also heavily improves latency as users get direct access to SaaS applications from a geographically closer location rather than traffic being tunneled all the way to a corporate site for further distribution. While simultaneously keeping track of user threat activity by streaming analytics and threat intelligence back to a central orchestrator. Just like you would be able to when traffic goes through your big firewall.

The key to a great user experience is fast and reliable connectivity while adhering to the company’s security standards and policies. Demand on the network keeps growing every year, and enforcing the same security standards becomes harder. Here, SASE plays a big part by offloading network traffic to a global backbone that enables users to connect to a location geographically close to them without losing any functionality in connecting to resources they need.

Benefits

  • Reduced complexity
  • Lower latency
  • Consistent security policy
  • Streamlined connectivity

Mind the underlay

For SASE to be successful, it’s absolutely key to have the best available connectivity in place that takes into account all the needed traffic patterns. If any of the directions traffic needs to flow to is not handled well, users will have a negative experience. The right underlay is the only way to provide SASE and SD-WAN while securing the absolute best user experience possible. Traditionally, offices were connected through private (MPLS-based) networks. With SD-WAN, internet-based networks became the preferred underlay option; still, the quality and reliability of that Internet connection can heavily impact the effectiveness of the SD-WAN.

The underlay: a critical success factor 

As SASE enables you to distribute your users across the globe, connecting from their endpoints or from offices around the world, there is a need for higher-performance connectivity between these locations.

Having the best SASE solution deployed without proper connectivity to the location of the SASE PoP, will only cause the user experience to degrade rather than improve. When migrating to Internet connections, especially when using broadband, it’s important to consider the technology, speeds, business and application requirements, diversity options, and availability of SLAs, among other criteria. Depending on your line of business, you may also need to explore whether to choose between private or public internet networks. Sourcing through these options, especially in a global network with thousands of ISPs to choose from, can be much of a headache, though. This is where GNX can help.

Learn more about our underlay solutions for SD-WAN & SASE

Why GNX?

Our team of global internet experts is ready to help you design, source, and deploy your network for your SASE to thrive. As a carrier-neutral provider, we will design your network using all available options and carefully consider your requirements using our experience and network of over 3500 carriers worldwide. Reach out to learn more.

What does it take to manage multiple local internet vendors globally?

Building and running a secure and robust global network comes with its own challenges, especially when you need internet access in exotic places, like an oil rig off the coast of Colombia, a production plant in the heart of Africa, or somewhere in Mainland China. Not only that. These challenges need to be put in perspective, making sure you get what your business needs: 

Future-ready

  • Your network is a key enabler for the growth and transformation of your business. This is why it’s crucial to build a flexible and dynamic network that follows the evolving requirements of the business and enables the adoption of new technologies, as well as the roll-out of new initiatives, scalability, and the pursuit of new opportunities.

Technology-ready

  • Companies adopt new technologies constantly to achieve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, or drive agility. Is your global network ready to support your new global SD-WAN and SASE overlay? Is your access optimized for your cloud applications? 

With that in mind, in the process of sourcing and managing your global internet access, you will come across the reality of doing it yourself.