What is Network as a Service (NaaS)?

NaaS brings simplicity, scale, and flexibility to the campus enterprise network. It removes IT CapEx and management burdens while ensuring network performance outcomes. NaaS delivers high network performance, secure connectivity, flexible scalability, and simplified end-to-end network lifecycle management.

What are the Critical Criteria for NaaS?

Modern enterprises need a wired and wireless network infrastructure that facilitates meeting strategic business requirements. NaaS eliminates network complexity, high up-front costs, and the challenge of managing and maintaining enterprise networks. Critical deliverables for today’s NaaS include:

Assure network performance outcomes like availability and capacity.

Protect against cyber-threats with security that is integrated.

Deliver usage-based billing for scalable, flexible consumption.

Simplify network operations by offloading all lifecycle services.

What are the technical requirements for NaaS?

To meet business requirements, NaaS requires robust and failproof technologies for uninterrupted network connectivity and seamless operations. When exploring NaaS models, the technology requirements should include:

Why now for NaaS?

NaaS offers a simple and efficient solution for organizations looking for wired and wireless connectivity. Built to be secure, streamlined, and automated, NaaS reduces the total cost of ownership and eliminates the complexities that come with traditional DIY networks. 

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of cyber security breaches stem from human error.

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of annual hours are spent on maintaining network operations.

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of enterprises will face a 15% rise in OpEx within five years.

What are the benefits of NaaS?

NaaS enables strategic business growth by providing -aaS benefits like scalability, agility, and flexibility to campus enterprise networks. NaaS:

Today’s Enterprise Network Challenges
Day 0 Challenges:
Extensive time and money spent to choose and purchase hardware/software.
Day 1 Challenges:
Requires certified technicians & experts for installation, provisioning, and configuration.
Day 2 Challenges:
Time-consuming network monitoring management, and troubleshooting leaves IT in to reactive mode.
Day N Challenges:
Time consuming and risky lifecycle management: software updates and technology/refreshes.
How NaaS adds value
Day 0 Solve: Expert Network Design
NaaS offloads all network design, planning, and procurement.
Day 1 Solve: Offload Network Activation
NaaS provider owns and executes all tactical Day 0 and Day 1 network activities.
Day 2 Solve: Improve User Experience
NaaS guarantees network performance levels and takes care of Day 2 IT operations.
Day N Solve: Simplify IT Operations
NaaS takes care of all Day N operations, while also providing fast access to new features and enhanced security.

What is Network TCO?

Network Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is the measure of the overall cost of building, owning, operating, and managing a network. 

Network TCO includes costs associated with Day 0 to Day N operations, inclusive of hardware, software, and personnel costs. By calculating TCO, businesses can better understand the full cost-benefit analysis of their wired and wireless network infrastructure.

When is NaaS right for me?

Once an organization has decided that NaaS is the right choice, it will want to consider the matter of timing. Choosing the right time to move to NaaS will help avoid disruption, increase efficiency, and preserve the cost savings associated with this approach to enterprise networking. 

How Does NaaS Fit with SASE?

By the end of 2024, on premise NaaS will be adopted by 15% of all enterprises, up from less than 1% in 2021.1

Enterprise NaaS is a flexible consumption model that delivers secure wired and wireless connectivity as a campus LAN. SASE is a cloud-based security architecture that connects users to applications in the cloud.

The majority of today’s enterprise traffic now leaves the campus network to traverse the WAN for cloud application access. Enterprise NaaS and SASE are complementary in driving the capability to deliver secure connectivity from any user or device on the enterprise campus to any cloud application. 

1 Network as a Service (NaaS) – Gartner®

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