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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted March 26, 2014
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Which Network Solution is Right for Your SMB?

For small and medium sized businesses, it’s critically important you build the right kind of network so your users can easily access the files and apps they need to stay productive. Whether they’re in the office, at home, or on-the-go, your people need the ability to access their work files and apps securely. A secure and reliable network for your business will allow employees to work efficiently from anywhere. Choosing the right kind of network will allow you to increase productivity and make your people happy, without breaking the bank (or having to hire an entire staff of IT pros!)

When it comes to building networks there are two main routes you can go —traditional hardware VPN or a cloud-based network. How do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the main things to consider when choosing your network solution.

Are you connecting mobile workers to files and applications in the office? Are you trying to connect cloud servers and mobile devices? If your answer to either is yes, a cloud network could be the solution.

The other differentiator is ease of use and management. If your users need a simpler access solution and you need a solution that requires minimal ongoing management, then cloud networking could be for you.

Do you have a small office/mobile office (SOMO) where workers need network access inside and from outside the office? Cloud Networking could be just what you need.

Hardware vs. Cloud
With traditional VPN, you need to invest in pricey hardware. And with hardware comes the need for someone with an IT background to set-up, configure and manage that hardware. A cloud-based network like Pertino, requires no hardware, only an internet connection. It’s network as a serviceso there is no pricey hardware to invest in. There are no big boxes to unpack. And because all of the updates, upgrades and management are done within the cloud, you won’t need a team of IT pros on call 24/7.

Upfront Costs vs. Pay As You Grow
Traditional VPN’s require more money upfront for the hardware installation and configuration and for the IT pros to set it up. A cloud-based network like Pertino is free to try with up to 3 devices. If you try it and want to add on more devices, the cost is just $29/a month for a basic plan. That’s massive savings when compared to traditional VPN costs.

Forklift Upgrades vs. Elastic Scalability
Hardware VPN’s have performance and user limitations. At some point you may be forced into a forklift upgrade. On the other hand, cloud-based networks allow for almost infinite expansion. Your cloud network automatically expands and contracts to meet your networking needs.

With just these key factors to consider, it’s easy to see that cloud networking is the way of the future when it comes to networking. It’s a simple, elegant and cost-effective solution that’s ideal for small and medium size businesses. To learn more visit to chat with a Pertino Team member who can answer any questions you have or schedule a full product demo. You can also try it for free.

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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