Alex Ferguson, Head of Business Development at Mother Technologies explains why, as businesses migrate their services to the cloud and adopt hybrid working practices, full fibre connectivity is becoming essential
If you’re not already migrating your IT applications and services to the cloud, the chances are you’re thinking about it. The pandemic has strengthened the already-compelling arguments for moving most or all services to the cloud. With security concerns addressed, users can work productively from anywhere.
We have all experienced the seductive power and convenience that collaboration tools provide. The growth of Microsoft Teams over the last two years has been phenomenal. On 12 January, Microsoft announced that it had seen 400 percent growth in monthly active usage of Teams among frontline workers since March 2020.
Hybrid becomes the norm
We are moving unstoppably towards a world in which hybrid working is the norm. We have become accustomed to the flexibility home-working brings and many organisations will never return to the 5-day office-based week. Conversely, they are just as unlikely to adopt a permanent home-working policy.
Inevitably, with employees working in the office and at home, IT infrastructures need to be adapted to meet their needs. Almost certainly, your approach to IT will become hybrid in nature with applications and services moved to cloud platforms where possible and others remaining on-premise for security, compliance or performance reasons.
Wherever your services are hosted, users need fast, secure access to them irrespective of their location. This places connectivity at the forefront of your considerations. Good connectivity is already a vital part of our operations but, with cloud and remote working featuring so prominently, it is now critical to ensure productivity of the workforce.
The increased demand for high-bandwidth and low-latency connections is significant. Collaboration tools like MS Teams are an accepted part of our armoury and it’s hard to imagine returning to a schedule crammed with face-to-face meetings. The need to provide high-quality, video, voice and data dictates that your Internet connections can facilitate the demand.
Increased speed isn’t the only prerequisite when considering your connectivity requirements. We need consistent performance from our circuits without interruption or downtime. Connectivity outages cripple your staff, your operation and your business.
We are seeing a much higher demand for full-fibre (as opposed to broadband and all of its super-fast variants) to combat these challenges.
Mother delivers Internet circuits from all the major UK providers and CityFibre is top-ranking amongst our carriers of choice. CityFibre has made massive investments to build its own network which now has an extensive reach across our Scottish cities. Consequently, CityFibre connections are not dependent upon existing Openreach infrastructure that’s shared amongst all the other providers; it is dedicated CityFibre infrastructure that delivers low-latency, high-bandwidth connections with consistent high performance and reliability. Without being subject to charges from Openreach, CityFibre is in full control of its costs which translates into extremely attractive pricing for our customers.
Mother Technologies was recently awarded the accolade of City Champion by CityFibre for delivering best-price, best-performing, full-fibre circuits to its customers.
With IT, Telecom and Connectivity engineers providing 24/7 local support across Scotland, Mother Technologies is ideally placed to help organisations with their cloud migrations and ensure that their connectivity prerequisites are met.