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Evaluate and Select Alternative Network Solutions

A guide to alternative connectivity options.

Organizations often face three key challenges when selecting alternative networks:

  • Integration into existing systems adding cost and complexity
  • Compliance with security standards introducing vulnerabilities
  • Reliance on external vendors and managing new systems creating cost and resource constraints

Additional challenges depend on which alternative networks are available.

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Critical Insight

The process of selecting alternative network solutions involves considering factors such as scalability, performance, cost effectiveness, and technology trends. By carefully assessing and selecting alternative network solutions, organizations can enhance their connectivity and optimize network infrastructure to achieve business goals.

Impact and Result

  • Before full implementation conduct a comprehensive evaluation of technical requirements.
  • Run pilot tests with the new solution to identify potential issues.
  • Adopt a multi-vendor and open standard approach to allow organizations the flexibility to integrate components from different vendors.
  • Follow Info-Tech’s approach by determining your physical and technical limitations, considering the trade-off between build and buy, and evaluating network performance based on metrics.

Evaluate and Select Alternative Network Solutions Research & Tools

1. Evaluate and Select Alternative Network Solutions Deck – Understand the benefits as well as the associated risks.

Guided by a decision model grounded in cost, availability, bandwidth, and latency, we will navigate the pros and cons of each solution, offering insights and real-world examples. Our aim is to empower businesses with the knowledge to make informed decisions, ensuring that their network infrastructure is not just adequate but optimized for their unique needs.

2. Alternative Network Technology Assessment Tool – Perform a high-level analysis of a technology's readiness for adoption based on your organization's needs.

Use this tool to assess your organization's alternative network technology options. The tool measures readiness and fit for your organization, provides warnings for specific issues, and identifies uncertainties in your answers. With this information, you can quickly communicate what you are doing to help the company grow, save money, and reduce risk.

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