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Fancy a smart, tailor-made suit? Of course you do. Why not make your network bespoke too?

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To get the best network for your business, you need a network provider who works with you every step of the way to ensure that your network fits your specific requirements perfectly.

One of the key challenges of network design is building a cost-effective, secure, resilient and well-managed/monitored network that allows organisations to maximise their investment while at the same time build capacity for the future. Companies that provide their customers with a dedicated team of experienced solutions architects and consultants to guide them through this process are essentially delivering a bespoke network solution.

Ideally, you want a network provider whose technical architects work with you to manage all aspects of the design process, including business continuity and disaster recovery, network modernisation and upgrading, new office locations (green field sites), resource placement and data centre preparatory work and network expansion and integration.

The primary aim of a bespoke network design service is to provide an impartial service, helping customers to cost-effectively scale to accommodate current, future and emerging technologies. The process should involve the following stages:

  • Gather the information: At this early stage, the team conducts a detailed analysis of the aims and objectives of the project, from a technical and a business perspective. This includes a comprehensive technical analysis of any existing infrastructure.
  • Provide high-level design: Based on the analysis from stage 1, the team now produces high-level designs to meet the client’s objectives (this might be a simple, single design structure or multiple designs with varying technical, commercial and logistical considerations). Designs should include a full technical commentary with straightforward, jargon-free, business-oriented reasoning.
  • Approval and consolidation: At this stage, the high-level designs are submitted to the customer for approval. Once approved, a project plan is formulated and appropriate product selections made.
  • Detailed design: Here, comprehensive design specifications and configurations for a successful implementation should be delivered, including timescales and a breakdown of the necessary project and work structure
    Testing and proof of concept: Once the design has been agreed on, it’s time to conduct comprehensive testing and plans demonstrating the solution. (This should happen before implementation, to significantly reduce any risk to the business.)

You don’t have to go this route, of course. Not every network roll-out involves this level of personalisation and attention from a network provider. But if you want a thorough service that delivers a network which is cost-effective and able to scale, bespoke is a great option. It provides a project plan, reduces risk, and delivers a framework for incorporating new and emerging technologies into the systems. Simply put, off-the-peg isn’t good enough where your business is concerned.

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