How WAN Can Help Grow Your Business
A growing business faces multiple challenges, not least being the need to transmit data quickly and securely between multiple locations. This need can overwhelm existing a business’s original telecommunication networks, which rarely provide the scalability and adaptability a growing company needs. The network that served you well when your business was a single office with three computers, a printer, a modem, and Ethernet cables can’t handle the data demands of two new satellite offices, remote workers, customer access, and data-devouring business management applications. To match your telecommunications capabilities to your business growth you need WAN networking.
What is WAN?
WAN stands for Wide Area Network, and describes any large network of information and applications not tied to a single network. The internet itself is the largest example of a WAN, with thousands of servers, cloud databases, and applications all interconnected through ISPs (internet service providers).
A business WAN is a smaller example of WAN networking, and usually consists of a central cloud-based service connected to the business’ own services, headquarters, and branch offices. One of the most important technological advancements in the workplace, a WAN links small local networks and individual devices in different locations. Mobile devices authorized to access network data and services can do so through WAN wireless connectivity no matter how far they may be from the network.
How Does WAN Work?
Most business WANs are built by telecommunication service providers, who then lease cloud-based WANs to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. The WAN itself is composed of a group of internet protocol-based connections that allow the movement of data between points on the network, be that point a physical server or a mobile device.
A WAN uses multiple types of technology and connectivity options to connect different parts of the system. To ensure secure connections, WANs often make use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to safeguard data as it moves across the internet. With the emergence of 5G ultra-wideband, WANs will only become more important, as they have the capability to move the enormous amount of data generated by 5G devices.
What Are the Advantages of WAN over LAN?
A one-off business or home business usually has limited connectivity needs; the business’s entire network may consist of a computer or two, a printer, and a wireless router/modem, with no need to access network data remotely. Such systems are called LANs, or local area networks.
As a business grows, however, the limitations of LANs quickly become apparent. While perfectly functional for sending relatively small volumes of data to individuals, LANs struggle to send large amounts of data to multiple users. LANs cannot provide data to remote users, or handle the data required by the complex customer and business applications, such as customer relationship management systems, consumer apps, project management software, and similar business processes.
Attempting to resolve these issues by adding as-needed technology often produces a complicated hybrid network where individual components struggle to communicate with each other and compete for data bandwidth. Discrepancies between hardware and software systems within the network increase the risk of scrutiny vulnerabilities and data breaches.
A WAN connects multiple LANs through the cloud, allowing for the rapid movement and storage of data between points of contact even if the LANs are a world apart. The system is not tied to a specific location or physical infrastructure and can be accessed through WAN wireless, cellular networks, or wired Ethernet as long as the user has authorized access.
How WAN Can Help Grow Your Business
At some point, a growing business will outgrow its existing LAN systems. Switching to WAN wireless functionality facilitates growth in multiple areas. With WAN networking, your business gains access to:
- Full Network Visibility: A WAN network provides a centralized management system through a simple, easy to use dashboard, allowing you to control who accesses what data.
- Increased Bandwidth: WAN networking greatly increases your bandwidth, allowing you to run complex business applications, send and store large amounts of data faster, and reduce wait times, all at affordable rates.
- Increased Security: WAN service providers offer multiple integrated security features and encryption to prevent data loss while protecting your business from legal liability in the event of a data breach.
- Automated Systems: WANs can be set to give priority to mission-critical systems while off-loading non-critical business apps, automatically monitor tasks, and send alerts when unusual data traffic is detected.
- Cloud Apps: Authorized employees and customers can access cloud apps through WAN wireless without overwhelming your core network with increased traffic.
Switching to a WAN has enormous advantages for a rapidly growing business, allowing an organization to greatly increase its range of operations and delivering data and applications where and when it’s needed. Check out the GoWireless suite of business solutions, and contact us to see if a WAN is a right choice for your business.