Network Management System: Benefits Of Outsourcing Providers
Today’s businesses face the challenge of data, video and voice convergence while facing rapid growth in network traffic. Network management service is obligatory. It is becoming urgent for telecommunications managers to have network management devices and tool that enables them to reduce operating costs while optimizing the availability and security of their systems and meeting the challenges of multimedia convergence.
Network Management System
The network management system (NMS) provides administrators with a unified view of communication systems, including next-generation terminals and applications. Simple and scalable system, management network services allow the centralized management of the network, supports the global operations, monitors the performances in real time and integrates the essential functions of network management accessing security.
Managed Network Services
Managed Network Services refers to an enterprise’s network management applications, features, and services that run, monitored and maintained by an external Managed Service Provider (MSP). They can be limited to network access, and transport operations, such as traditional WAN and LAN leased lines, or include next-generation services, such as programmable WAN (SD-WAN, Software-Defined WAN) and virtual networks. In addition to access and transport, there is a wide range of managed services: WAN Optimization, Unified Messaging, Network Administration, Managed Security Firewalls, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
The main task of management network service provider is to host the managed network services of the enterprise in their own data centers and infrastructures, where they can also host the virtual network functions. There are outsourcing providers of all sizes, from the small niche service provider to the traditional national or international telecommunications operator. All typically offer managed network system to their customers with a Service Level Agreement (SLA). It is a contractual agreement setting out the performance and quality indicators that the services provided will have to respect.
For many companies, outsourcing the management of their networks and services to an outsourcing provider is both an advantage and a risk. Regarding risk management, it is essential that clients clearly define their expectations and requirements in the SLA agreed with the provider. Also, they have every interest in regularly monitoring the performance of the outsourcing provider to ensure that they comply with the terms of the contract.
Unified user management
Administrators typically spend up to 80 percent of their time on MAC operations – migrations, additions, and changes to users. The NMS Unified User Management Module allows you to configure users, associate their SIP terminals, and enable their services through a unified interface and a reduced set of parameters.
Real-time performance monitoring
The NMS Performance module enables real-time performance monitoring through the constant measurement of Key Indicators (KPIs) for quality. Users are immediately notified if the threshold is exceeded. Capacity management makes it easier to program infrastructure upgrades.
Benefits of Managed Network Services:
It is common for small and medium-sized businesses to outsource management network service providers because of their limited IT capabilities and limited internal staffing. For these companies, network outsourcing is an opportunity to benefit from specialized computer and network know-how, without hiring more staff. Outsourcing providers can manage many aspects of networks, such as integration, troubleshooting, technical support, and policy configuration. Managed network services are also great for companies that are willing to test new technologies, but are reluctant to take on the risks and complexity. Also, this solution frees up time for the IT teams, who can then devote themselves to other tasks. Now, this translates into operational efficiencies, as outsourcers can monitor the required services and resolve any errors.
Typically, companies sign an annual or multi-year service agreement. Tariff formulas are sometimes complicated. These formulas depend on the type of network service, the speed, the interfaces, the geographical areas, the number of sites and the level of support offered.