Networking firm Interoute has announced a new tool which it claims will offer a more flexible, cloud-based approach to network management.
Unified Connectivity has been designed to allow firms to run services through Interoute's network, offering a cloud-style system where companies can change setups instantly.
"In the past firms have had to try and predict what they'd need in the coming years when signing three- or five-year contracts. This gave them little room for flexibility if they needed to change anything," said Interoute chief technology officer Matthew Finnie.
"Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly impractical for firms to build their own networks. It makes a lot more practical and financial sense to outsource to a dedicated firm that can provide better efficiencies and a flexible network approach."
Unified Connectivity combines Ethernet and MPLS VPN over local access technology, allowing businesses to choose between a range of connectivity services as and when they need.
Jonathan Brown, marketing director at Interoute, explained that the new product underlines the shift to the cloud for network hosting.
"For the first time people in the IT sector can host their networks on platforms that are specifically designed to be as effective and efficient as possible, and leverage these benefits through the cloud," he said.
No cost information is available on Unified Connectivity, but Interoute said that it will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to provide financial savings by offering a more flexible approach to pricing.
The company added that the new product will provide services for companies of up to 35,000 staff.
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