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The International Connectivity Challenge: How to Achieve a Consistent, Predictable WAN

November 20, 2018

Businesses around the world continue a ‘strong and co-ordinated global expansion’, the Financial Times reported last year. Uncertainty around Brexit notwithstanding, ‘over two thirds (69 percent) of UK businesses will expand internationally in the next three years’, a survey of 500 key decision makers by Elements Global Services reveals.

International opportunities signal economic growth but also new challenges, particularly in today’s digital climate. Many businesses familiar with, and dependent on, strong in-region connectivity will find themselves tested as they look to extend their networks overseas.

What do these challenges look like and how can you address them to securely and consistently extend your network around the globe?


Two key international connectivity challenges


The challenge surrounding international connectivity can be characterised in two ways: the quality of last-mile infrastructure to certain remote locations and the high latency of global connectivity.

Across developing countries in particular, the poor quality of last-mile connections can significantly impact a company’s business operations. Such connections can have roots in a variety of causes, poor physical network infrastructure and overloaded networks with too many dependents being two of the main causes.

As operational efficiency and speed of service increasingly lead the charge, delays in connectivity can interrupt or even cripple mobile workforces, international communication, and other applications. Country-specific regulations can exacerbate this, increasing packet loss and latency. Businesses expanding overseas should plan to review and, if necessary, address the latency of global connectivity to ensure a smooth transition. How can you achieve this?

Cato Networks’ affordable, global, SLA-backed solution


With over 30 points of presence (PoPs) from the US and Europe to the Asia Pacific, Cato Networks provides your business with the deep reach you need to expand across the globe.

Multiple tier-1 backbones connect the PoPs, upheld by clear SLAs for packet loss. Supporting this is Cato Networks’ proprietary software, operating continuously across all inter-PoP connections, monitoring quality and identifying the optimum route between locations that delivers predictable connectivity with minimal latency.

Recognising that network and security requirements come hand in hand, Cato Networks’ software solution accommodates advanced network security that enables you to enforce centralised security policies on your wide area network (WAN) and online traffic without branch office security appliances.

LAN3 Cato Networks partners


In partnership with Cato Networks, LAN3 delivers secure connectivity solutions that provide secure enterprise networks to complement today’s globally expanding businesses.

For your business, this means a simple, affordable, and enterprise-grade secure WAN. No more costly hardware deployments, management complexities, capacity constraints, outdated software, or restricted visibility, just the future of networking.

It was easier to securely connect your business when it had one simple network perimeter,  but as you expand — both geographically and in line with advancing technology — that perimeter is now going. By rethinking networking and security from the ground up, and bringing it into the cloud, securely connecting your business across multiple regions is not only possible, it is simple.

Topics: Insider

Written by Paul Sweeney