New technologies leverage the processing power of cloud computing and the need for an efficient network has become a key area of focus for IT professionals.
Celero’s Managed Network Services can help you build a network infrastructure that maximizes bandwidth and allows you to implement the most advanced digital solutions.
SD-WAN and the Need for a Modern Network Infrastructure
Software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN) use software to manage how network traffic is routed. Deployment of an SD-WAN or hybrid SD-WAN network can include existing routers and switches or virtualized equipment that runs some version of software that handles security policies and network management functions. This structure allows for data traffic to be routed between data centres, remote branches and cloud instances in the most efficient way possible.
It’s important to remember that there are many options for network solutions and not all are created equal. As a credit union, the need for a secure gateway to protect member data and access critical data hosting centres means you need to make sure you fully understand how your data will flow. Consider what you might be sacrificing in your security posture for the promise of higher speeds and reduced expenses.
Bandwidth Requirements for Distributed Teams
Many credit union teams are now working in hybrid settings, with home office and in-branch distributed teams. Cloud-based solutions like Microsoft Office 365 and Zoom have been introduced for both internal credit union use across their workforce, and for virtual member support.
The requirement for an efficient network design at in-person and home office locations needs to be considered today. Network bandwidth requirements can fluctuate based on evolving hybrid work settings, and credit unions need to ensure there is enough day-to-day network capacity to meet changing employee and member expectations.
Cybersecurity and the Flow of Sensitive Data
The network is an integral component of a strong cybersecurity program. As more and more data will need to be collected and shared across applications, the need for secure transfer of information is paramount.
A modern network architecture can identify which applications and data require a highly-secure gateway, versus the benign internet traffic that can flow through a regular internet provider. Software designed to manage this data segmentation is increasingly more effective at improving bandwidth management. By properly controlling the traffic flow of your data, you will be able to maximize your current internet capacity and ensure the right level of security is in place for critical data.
Network Performance as a Competitive Advantage
Poor network performance and lagging load times can feel like a necessary inefficiency that your team has become accustomed to and are resigned to accepting. This results in lost productivity and is a hindrance to implementing new cloud-based applications. By addressing network limitations, you will enable a workforce with quicker processing power for critical applications and improve your agility to implement feature-rich digital tools.
With the right security architecture in place and proper network redundancy you can reduce the risk of downtime and security breaches. The member impact when systems are not connecting is critical, and a security breach can cost a credit union dearly. Simply put, an improved network design can empower and protect your credit union’s core business.