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Take your network from back roads to the information superhighway


13 September 2016

Mike Vincent

Blogs by author: Mike Vincent, Network Practice Lead, Professional Services, BT.


Like roads criss-crossing the country, communication lines connect all aspects of your business. But technology has changed, and now there’s an easier route.

In the same way that roads get old and fall into disrepair, dedicated low-speed network lines have given way to high-speed cloud services — the ‘information superhighway’. So don’t leave your business making slow progress on the equivalent of an old country lane. Your mission-critical data doesn’t belong on backroads.

The new highway to better communication.
By March 2020, BT will have withdrawn all of the analogue and sub-2Mb digital private circuits within the UK. That means you need to start thinking about migrating to the new networks.

These changes are essential and also represent a great opportunity to move to modern, intelligent services. This will give customers greater bandwidth, more resiliency, assured service and service agility and flexibility.

It’s like changing your route to work from country lanes to brand-new highways. The journey will be quicker and easier. Plus, we can help you with that change, so you’re never at risk of getting lost.

The consequences of not migrating.
If you don’t migrate your solutions you will eventually lose connectivity on these services altogether. And avoiding the change also means you’ll not be able to update or develop your infrastructure. Because it’s vital to make the switch anyway, it’s better to choose your route at leisure now, rather than take a wrong turn in haste later.

Planning your route.
Here are a few ‘signposts’ to watch out for on your migration journey. First up, you’ll want to take a baseline assessment, using a mixture of discovery and analysis to identify your legacy circuit inventory — what it’s used for and where — and user numbers. Next, you’ll want to use this information, along with your operational and strategic requirements, to work out your future plans and objectives.

Keep your eyes peeled, too, for plenty of information on new technologies and the relative differences in performance and security. This will help you make the smartest migration choices for your organisation.

And, of course, you’ll want to thoroughly understand any estimated costs, timescales and downtime related to the technology changes you’re contemplating. You’ll want to establish a clear picture of what impact any network decisions you make will have on your organisation.

Supporting your business from A to Z.
This may sound like a difficult process that you may not have the resources or skills to carry out. We know it’s not easy: that’s why BT has a team of people who can take the pressure off you and map your route.

We match our services with your business and technical requirements to provide a recommended solution for migration. And, because we’re working on your migration journey for you, you’re free to focus on your core business.

You can simply sit back while we provide you with a tailored roadmap and future-proof plan. This will make sure your migration plan is secure and will mitigate any risks during transition, so there won’t be any unexpected diversions or roadblocks.

To make sure you’re in the loop for the entire transition, we also host a workshop to discuss current operational issues, future plans and the technical requirements of the network — all designed to meet the goals of your business.

Time to hit the road.
We’ll take the time to understand your needs, develop a solution to meet service requirements and help you plan your organisation’s migration.

So get in touch with BT Advise for the professional consulting services that will give you an easy ride to migration.