Today, businesses and organisations depend on computer networks to share information and resources. A typical office will have several computers, a printer and other devices networked together by cables or wirelessly (known as a Local Area Network or LAN). A business or organisation with multiple offices spread over a wide geographic area can connect each of them using a Wide Area Network (WAN). Depending on your particular business needs and circumstances, you might have a server on site for email and file storage. Alternatively, you might rely on Cloud software, storage and backup services provided by a third party and accessible via the Internet. Whatever your business or organisational requirements, you will need network services to achieve them.
Twelve benefits of computer networks:
You can access software and services centrally, nothing to install or update locally
You can communicate by email and instant messenger
You can share devices such as printers, scanner and copiers (if anyone still uses them) and reduce costs
You can share files with colleagues easily
You can work collaboratively, improving productivity and efficiency
You can work remotely
You can take advantage of software licensing discounts
You can backup data and restore it quickly such as in an emergency
You can improve data protection and security
You can meet compliance obligations
You can take advantage of Cloud services to scale-up your business quickly
You can reduce the costs of doing business.
Disadvantages of doing-it-yourself
Of course, computer networks do have disadvantages for businesses and organisations. Buying network cabling and file servers can be expensive. You will need to hire someone to manage and maintain your computer network. You will need to ensure that your network is properly secure against hackers and malware. To safeguard your business against accidents, natural disaster and cyber-attacks, you will also need a robust data backup and restoration solutions. Finally, you will need someone to provide on-going IT support.
Advantages of a managed network service
Modern Networks offers computer networks as a managed service. We provide the network infrastructure, hardware and software. We provide network security, data backup and restoration services. Our UK Service Desk provides 24/7 fast, reliable IT support. We also provide on-going monitoring and maintenance of your computer network to ensure it always performs optimally.
Key benefits of our private network for property management:
Ability to transition sites between managing agents easily and without penalty
Fast, friendly IT support
Defined service levels (SLAs)
Secure, fast, reliable Internet service
Maintain critical operational and revenue generating services such as CCTV and paid parking
Meet regulatory compliance obligations
Share information and resources easily
Improve communications and collaboration
Enable secure remote working
Leverage the latest technologies such as Cloud telephony and video conferencing.
Our Private Wide Area Network (PWAN) delivers secure Internet connectivity to all your sites with the ability to partition different types of traffic to different networks such as guest Wi-Fi, third party operational services, site staff and administration. All sites within a property portfolio are protected behind our centrally managed, highly secure firewall.
Unsecured, unmanaged hardware
Many sites use a range of third party suppliers to provide operational services such as CCTV, access control, IoT sensors, building management systems (BMS) and paid parking. Unfortunately, many of these third party providers have their own equipment, infrastructure and connectivity, which is often completely unsecured and unmanaged. These third party facilities are extremely vulnerable to costly, unexpected service outages and cyber-attacks. Our private network replaces unsecured third party connectivity where possible, and ensures all traffic is carried over our secure network instead.
Lost parking revenue
Paid parking is an extremely important revenue stream for many shopping centres. A 100-space car park is estimated to make around £150,000 annually.1 A loss of connectivity means transactions cannot be processed and barriers must be remain open at considerable financial cost to your site.
The service offers complete flexibility whereby sites can transition from one managing agent to another without penalty or loss of connectivity.