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Brief Guide to Managed Internet Services

Published on 26 March 13
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Without a web connection most modern businesses would find it incredibly difficult to function, let alone actively grow and become successful. This means that many companies think of connectivity as a top priority, which makes using Managed Internet Services (MIS) an attractive prospect.

Unlike a standard web connection, a managed internet service will effectively be your business' personal hotline to the web, allowing you to perform a variety of tasks.

Using a leased line and Ethernet technology, you can not only connect to remotely hosted services at high speeds, but also share data between two or more sites, which is a real bonus if your business relies on collaboration between employees who may not be in the same physical space.

You can even boost your ability to host in-house services, making use of a VPN (virtual private network) for remote access a possibility. Here are some of the main features and benefits of MIS to help highlight why it might be worth adopting this type of connectivity for your business.
Bandwidth without Boundaries

If you are using a basic broadband connection, your business will typically be sharing a set amount of bandwidth with a number of other users.

Even if you pick a package aimed at enterprises there is still a contention ratio to deal with, which can result in sluggish, inconsistent performance during peak periods.

With managed access to the internet via a dedicated leased line connection, there is no need to worry about having to compete with other users. In addition, you can enjoy asymmetric connectivity from certain services, which means that data speeds will be identical in both directions, making for quick downloads and uploads.

The scalable nature of a managed connection means that you will only need to pay for the bandwidth you require. This also allows the service to flex to meet your needs, giving you additional capacity when it is required without costing the earth.
Resilience of Connectivity

Uptime is an important factor and so many businesses will want to have assurances that their connectivity will be available as an unbroken service with virtually no chance of an outage occurring.

Many providers of managed internet services will be able to deliver on this promise, with up to 100% uptime offered as an assurance of the reliability and continuity afforded by this type of platform. This is another favourable aspect that makes MIS an appealing proposition when compared with more basic business broadband services.
Superior Service Support

Arguably the most valuable asset of any service that you acquire for your business will be the level of after-sales support that you receive.

With MIS, everything should be taken care of by the provider. This means that there is no need to worry about tasks such as hardware monitoring and performance tracking, because these will fall within the remit of the company that is servicing your business' connectivity requirements.

Of course, if there is an issue that arises, the speed with which support is provided should be impressive, since packages of this kind tend to include comprehensive solutions to keep enterprise customers happy.

All this comes with other noteworthy benefits, such as improved security and encryption, so businesses can be confident that their mission critical apps and data are not being compromised when using a managed internet service.

If these benefits sound attractive then there are a variety of different providers offering competitive MIS packages which might be worth investigating. Even smaller businesses could benefit from adopting this type of connectivity solution, particularly if it is going to result in real operational advantages.

This article is supplied by Jamie Garner, an employee of Daisy Group, who provide managed internet services to UK businesses.
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