Written by Beth Hildreth on February 20, 2015
Categories: Cloud, Networks

The cloud is all over the global marketplace and no business wants to be passed over. Whether private, public, or hybrid, the cloud is becoming a necessity for doing business. Every enterprise wants cost and time savings, speedy workflow, reliable systems, and an agile business in a totally secure environment. However, cloud success doesn’t come easy. Network performance is a major consideration for enterprises that want to maximize their cloud options.


In a fast-paced business world, enterprises require high-speed and reliable connections in order to be competitive. Continuing developments like the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution, multimedia applications like video and audio conferencing, and the exponential increase in Internet traffic all contribute to connectivity disruptions.

Network connectivity speed greatly relies on the network’s bandwidth and its ability to transmit multiple traffic types simultaneously. Broadband has a wide bandwidth that offers faster web browsing, quicker downloading speeds, easier file sharing and conferencing, and on-demand viewing of streaming content.

Scalability and flexibility

Network scalability is a fundamental rapid-response requirement for enterprises that want to quickly address the demands of constantly changing market conditions. IT executives want a cloud networking solution that is able to handle traffic volume fluctuations.

A flexible network is also able to burst bandwidth from any work station when a particular service or application requires additional or decreased capacity. To minimize costs for idle capacity, enterprises need to partner with providers that offer billing for actual usage while having adequate bandwidth at all times.

Reliability, redundancy, and security

A cloud network that runs on a multi-layered network architecture ensures network traffic that directs applications from their origin to destination. A multi-layered network allows fewer hops, lower latency, and maximum bandwidth along secure routes.

Many reliable networks have Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) for speeding up and working around network traffic flows. MPLS figures out pre-determined paths that packets will follow, so that service providers are able to decide what routes to take on ahead of time.

Global interconnectivity

Businesses that operate worldwide, like big enterprises and governments, need high-performance connectivity of any cloud application to any location in the world. They want to partner with a cloud network provider that can support their platform’s performance to rapidly provision connections.

Enterprises around the world use the major cloud-based contact centers of providers. These providers must be able to offer responsive links to their fast-growing customer base. Such links may come in the form of customized Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) or high-capacity Ethernet connections to ensure their customers’ global reach in a flexible and secure environment.

Cloud solutions are quickly becoming mainstream and necessary when it comes to doing business. They are investments with realizable returns if managed properly. Business success in the cloud landscape depends on whether the chosen network is right or not for the business.