Network Services – Some important considerations for SMEs



Network services gold coastA marketing event this week discussed some important considerations for SMEs. Three companies presented and advised on services of interest to companies, particularly if they have more than one location.

Mike from Over the Wire talked about their telecommunications services. They seek to do a better job than the majors, with custom network design and responsive technical services. They specialise in deploying communications services to fit specific customer requirements. This can be a direct connection to one of over 30 points-of-presence in Australia, hosted PBX with IP Voice services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service or data centre co-location.

Jason from Telarus presented on their network design services and emphasised the importance of optimising your network configuration. Rather that running VPNs into multiple locations it’s more efficient to construct a private network to which your staff can directly connect and let the network do the switching. With the advent of 4G networks it now economically justifiable to operate a private network for remote staff over wireless services.

Paul from Novius explained their high-performance networking capability based on GPU (modified graphics processor) technology that provides the ability to offer networked spatial computing services. The SkyGPU solution is ideal for a cloud-based graphics-intensive applications. Novius provide a managed service, assistance with application and data migration, and consulting services.

It is clear that network services are developing a rapid pace. It is to provide for companies to establish a working environment that was not possible even 5 years ago. Major trends are:

  • data-optimised wireless services that can be quickly configured via USB dongles
  • co-location data services for bullet-proof business continuity programs
  • secure end-point connection without the need for complex VPN environments
  • fast data processing to accommodate compute-intensive services in the cloud.

We can only dream of what comes next.


Graham Williamson
Gold Coast IT Forum Committee Member 

Bio: Graham is an experienced IT Analyst and Consultant living on the Gold Coast. He is the author of the new book “Identity Management: A Business Perspective”.

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