In today’s 24 hour world where consumers and clients alike expect near-instant service, having your business, your people and your data connected 24/7 has become mission critical. Your internet connection is now as essential as your electricity supply – business simply can’t be done without it.
So it’s important that how you connect to the internet is right. To the inexperienced eye one internet connection may seem to be the same as another but there is in fact a wide range of options and choices.
On initial consideration, price may be the influencing factor. However, look behind the price and there’s a range of key factors that should be considered, including:
- Support – how quickly can things be fixed when they go wrong?
- Speed – too slow and productivity can be severely impacted
- Symmetry – symmetric connections offer the same speed for upload as download; however, most low cost connections are asymmetric
- Reliability – like your electricity, it needs to be on 24/7/365
- Accessibility – it needs to available from wherever you work which, with flexible and mobile working, means anywhere and everywhere
INTO THE CLOUD
Reliance on a good internet connection is now set to become even more mission critical as more and more businesses look to migrate to ‘the cloud’.
With the Cloud, email, data and applications no longer reside on the Pc or laptop but are hosted on remote servers which, amongst many other benefits, means that users are no longer shackled to their desks but have the freedom to work from anywhere – so, good internet accessibility will be important.
At the end of the day, as with most things, you get what you pay for. However, when your business relies on something it’s worth paying that little bit extra.
Local Area Networks (LANs) – providing the backbone for most Companies giving access to the internet within a limited area such as an office building. Traditionally, LANs have been wired using cables and wall sockets, but increasingly wireless LANs using WiFi technology are used to provide greater flexibility and cost savings.
Fixed line Broadband – encompassing a range of technologies that provide high speed connectivity to the internet. Broadband can be delivered in a variety of ways, from standard phone lines (using digital Subscriber line technology such as ADSL) to dedicated or leased line connections using co-axial or fibre optic cables.
Wireless Broadband – similar to above in terms of providing high speed access to the internet but using wireless connections such as WiFi. Often available publicly, e.g. in coffee shops and airports, with open access or password managed access.
Mobile Broadband – mobile broadband is the marketing term for wireless internet access through a mobile phone, smartphone, tablet or USB ‘dongle’. Currently available through 3g networks in the UK, although 4g superfast broadband is now becoming available that allows, for example, video.
Is your broadband letting your business down? Let Amshire Solutions carry out an audit of your internet connectivity and advise on how it could be optimised