Converged Networks:voice, Video, And Data

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In this competitive economy, it is paramount for any business to maximize their profits while keeping costs at a minimum; this is doubly true for smaller businesses, as any saved revenue means having more resources with which to grow. A converged network that merges data, voice, and video services allows a company to function more efficiently, as well as minimize costs. For these reasons and others, a converged network has become the method of choice for many small and medium sized businesses.

A converged network allows a company to merge several communication methods and applications. Rather than having segmented paths for voice, data, and video, a converged network allows for more streamlined management. Having adequate support for voice and video are essential, as they have become ubiquitous as methods of web based communication, whether it is voicemail, streaming video, or other common platforms. This provides more consistency for the company, a reduced dependency upon internal staff for maintenance, as well as a sizable increases in resource conservation.

A converged network operates on a cloud platform, which simply means that the three hosted services are actually powered by a third party with a physical location somewhere other than the business that is using the services. These services are delivered via internet and any company around the world can have access to these resources as long as they have an internet connection, regardless of location. This growing trend has created an entirely new industry in the technology sector.

A cloud computing network is run by a third party. This third party company will have all of the infrastructure, hardware, and software in place to effectively run millions of voice, data, and video programs for companies around the globe, as well as the expertise to troubleshoot and maintain them. When a company contracts with this third party company to take advantage of these services, they are able to immediately connect to the services via the internet.

Since the actual hosting and computing power to run these services is held off location from the actual company, this diminishes the need for a dedicated IT department and the physical resources to power these services. This frees up resources to be placed back into the marketing, advertising, or selling aspects of the business.

The bandwidth required to internally host all three of these services is significant and the cost to have a system that efficiently operates all of these services can be overwhelming for any business smaller than a large corporation. However, most companies have found that the cost savings from not having to fund an on-site staff and physical hardware gives them access to this otherwise large capital expense.
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This article was published on 2011/01/27