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Make sure your network is ready to work in the cloud

Whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise, it’s likely that some aspect of your business relies on cloud-based services, which is why your company needs to be set up to work in the cloud.

According to recent analysis, cloud computing plays an integral role in most organisations, with many companies claiming that 31 to 60% of their IT systems are already cloud-based. And cloud adoption shows no sign of slowing, either, with IDC predicting $277 billion in worldwide spending on the public cloud by 2021 – an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9%

Are you cloud-ready?

IT and network infrastructure are fundamentally important when it comes to ensuring your organisation gets the most from the cloud services you employ. Part of this means ensuring that your ISP is geared up to meet the bandwidth requirements of your workforce. Some assessments place the bandwidth requirements of cloud computing services at 5Mbps per user, the highest next to streaming video services which, in the case of video-conferencing tools, are often cloud services too.

But ensuring that your ISP is delivering the service you need is only part of the equation, and it’s just as important to ensure that your employees have fast, low-latency access to your connection. It won’t matter that you have ample bandwidth available if your employees have a low-quality Wi-Fi connection that restricts their ability to use the services. And with a study in 2018 suggesting that more than 90% of sales and marketing teams consider cloud to be essential, lumbering your staff with a bad Wi-Fi connection could be a costly mistake.

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Fast and far

Providing your workforce with a reliable, low-latency connection to their cloud services requires a high-quality, business-focused Wi-Fi router that has been designed to handle high-bandwidth workloads and multiple concurrent users. The ASUS BRT-AC828 is a business router that has been designed with these challenges firmly in mind. Whereas many standard routers can only communicate with a single user at any one time, the BRT-AC828 supports MU-MIMO (Multiple-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) and can manage up to 250 simultaneous connections, making it ideally suited to offices with large numbers of staff working in the cloud.

Performance is also ensured thanks to the 4×4 (4-transmit, 4-receive) configuration, which provides up to 2,534 Mbps of combined bandwidth for connected wireless devices. And with dual-WAN inputs that can be teamed for an aggregated WAN throughput of 2Gbps, you can be confident that staff hours are not being wasted waiting for data to transfer. The four flexible, high-gain antennas also ensure coverage of up to 100m on the 2.4GHz band in open-plan offices, while modern office appliances with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, such as the VivoMini UN65, can enjoy the benefits of a higher-bandwidth and less congested 5GHz connection.

Reliable networking

With so many business functions now relying on the cloud, it’s essential to ensure that your network infrastructure is matched to the needs of your workforce. Supporting your ISP service with a high-performance business router that can handle the heavy demands of a busy, cloud office means that you can forget about internet gremlins and simply focus on growing your revenue.

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