Businesses today have a complex equation to balance. How to support and manage both wide-area networks (WANs) and local-area networks (LANs),
not to mention all of the advanced communications applications WANs and LANs must support globally, without interruption. This is especially true for multinational corporations (MNCs) that have traditionally self-managed their IP telephony, videoconferencing, and unified communication (UC) solutions. It is also why a growing number of MNCs are making the shift to somewhat undiscovered territory: partially- or fully-managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) IP VPNs.
Outsourcing WAN management can help distributed organizations optimize performance of new communications applications. Businesses see that outsourcing provides a cost savings compared to self-managing and maintaining all of the components that go into their network. Outsourcing 1) frees up internal resources and staff to focus on core competencies, 2) simplifies IT operational management and 3) reduces upfront capital outlays for communications hardware and software.
A recent study of 186 North American-based MNC decision makers supports this trend. Read this recent independent Technology Adoption Profile sponsored by AT&T, that explores technology and management approaches related to international WANs. Findings include:
- MPLS, across all types of management, is expected to dominate.
- Almost half (47%) surveyed expect to deploy a fully-managed MPLS model.
- 42% of those surveyed plan to use a co-managed/partially-managed MPLS approach.
But the results were much more detailed—as you’ll see in our on-demand webinar featuring Forrester Research, Inc. In addition to the findings above, you’ll learn:
- Key drivers leading these decision makers to pursue WAN/LAN integration
- The benefits of managed services
- Current and future plans for managing or fully outsourcing networks
Tune in to find out what’s in store for managed MPLS.