ATC, CBTS + Cisco Meraki Team Up to Modernize Networks via NaaS

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Growth is widely considered the key to survival in the business world, but growth is not equally simple or achievable for every organization. That’s why many business leaders are seeking out managed networking solutions such as Network as a Service (NaaS).

NaaS enables geographic expansion without the added burden of increased operation expenses. It accomplishes this by folding hardware, licensing, configuration, implementation, and co-management into one monthly expense. The package can also be scaled up or down according to need.

(CBTS is a long-time, valued partner of ATC’s. Check out ATC and CBTS’ recent NaaS presentation and the correponding slide deck on “Digital Transformation of LAN Infrastructure.” Be sure to check out the awesome whiteboard session at the 27:45 mark of the video.)

Built on Cisco Meraki technology, CBTS NaaS combines:

  • Automated virtual private networking (VPN) to connect and secure local area networks (LANs).
  • Endless scalability options to add or remove users and easily provision or decommission entire locations.
  • SD-WAN technology that enables centralized, customizable network management solutions.
  • Multilevel security protocols including next-generation firewalls, unified threat management, and advanced encryption standards.
  • 24x7x365 monitoring, management, and support from certified engineers at CBTS.

The CBTS’ NaaS offering, complete with Meraki’s single-pane-of-glass dashboard, came out of a need to rapidly modernize outdated equipment without increasing costs or negatively impacting a client’s budget planning.

Flexibility and agility are core components of the NaaS solution. It can easily be scaled up or down at any time to accommodate relocations, new facilities, or other network reconfigurations—making expansion a breeze for growing businesses or organizations with seasonal locations and job sites. Additionally, end users can benefit from collaborative co-management features if needed. This allows service providers to provide oversight during peak traffic periods or offer expert insight—all without the client needing to give up direct control or access.

CBTS offers the NaaS solution as a co-managed utility with a simple monthly recurring expense, including an automatically refreshing Meraki equipment licensing agreement. Complete visibility into the managed network is built into the solution, so end users can stay apprised of how the network is performing.

Other functions are also enabled to fulfill user expectations, including services like Cisco DNA spaces and unified communications. This allows CBTS to deliver artificial intelligence and network insights in addition to a reliable software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) experience. Being able to offer all of these capabilities with a single cost-effective and user-friendly platform allows enterprise leaders to set their organizations on a stable road toward sustainable growth and adaptation—all without major capital expenditures every few years.

Easily Migrate from MPLS to Cloud Computing Powered by Cisco Meraki

The transport-agnostic nature of the Meraki MX enables migration from an expensive regional or national MPLS provider to a managed WAN provider that can reach across the entire North American continent. Another key to the success of the Meraki NaaS offering is the way it factors in each customer’s unique network environment, goals, and needs. From 3,800-site foodservice and retail businesses that require centralized, consolidated data center solutions to smaller organizations seeking an expert partner to troubleshoot their aging networks, NaaS has been able to reduce downtime, increase revenues, and simplify operations for a wide variety of clients.

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