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NaaS (network as a service): the key to the competitiveness of large French companies

Thanks to the CAC 40 and the SBF 120 companies, France shines internationally, and in most sectors of the economy. However, in order to stay on top, these big companies must go beyond their hexagonal foothold, and this has to do with the network in particular.

To remain efficient, the quality of their IT infrastructure is key. It is clear that the competitiveness of companies today depends on the multicloud and therefore on the ability to manage a complex network, which can present surprises in terms of budget if it is not controlled. This is a key element in helping companies continue to innovate.

The challenge is to cope with the events of recent months that have structurally changed the situation: between the health crisis and the new organization of work, conflicts and cyber warfare, as well as tightening regulations such as GDPR, CISPE behavior, SecNumCloud repository, etc. d.

Thus, the tasks set include the new so-called NaaS or “network as a service” solutions and their specific contribution to solving these problems.

Choose an as-a-service network and marvel at the simplicity

According to the IDC Institute, by 2024, up to 50% of data center infrastructure will be consumed as a service and, therefore, in SaaS mode. This is good news for CIOs, as an IT subscription makes their lives easier.

IT departments of large French companies must combine security, collaboration, competitiveness and allow for the deployment of hybrid working methods. If professionals are waiting for effective solutions tailored to their daily needs, then CIOs must, in addition to these requests, also comply with other criteria and make every effort to guarantee the integrity of systems and data, while the number of cyber attacks increases every year. .

At the same time, cloud providers are growing in number and offering competitive offerings on a technical, commercial and regulatory level. 80% of enterprises will develop a system to move to cloud infrastructure and applications twice as fast as before the pandemic.

In this context, CIOs can choose between on-premises or cloud-hosted environments, preferring one cloud provider for the quality of its database services or another for its AI capabilities. This includes day-to-day multi-cloud network management. However, the complexity of this multi-cloud ecosystem will further increase depending on the number of countries covered by the company, its choice of hosting its data, or its pursuit of harmonization. It is therefore a matter of paramount importance for French companies operating internationally.

NaaS as an adaptable response to business needs

In an effort to simplify the work of CIOs and their IT landscapes, companies using cloud service providers seek, above all, to ensure the availability of their data in any situation. They also want to ensure their security and maintain the freedom to change providers without compromising their infrastructure.

As-a-Service offerings are proliferating to exactly match these expectations, in particular with NaaS, known as Web as a Service, which offers the creation of private and secure connections to the cloud based on the demand coming from the company and according to flexible mode of consumption. This type of subscription service allows CIOs to rationalize their costs and re-allocate resources to meet internal needs.

Legal Regulations and Networks: Choose Authorized Suppliers

We have often been asked about the impact of regulation on the competitiveness of French companies. In addition to internal constraints, IT departments must consider these regulatory constraints. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance or the ANSSI (National Information Systems Security Agency) SecNumCloud qualification for cloud hosts has even prompted cloud infrastructure providers to develop a code of conduct through the CISPE (cloud infrastructure) association. Service Providers Europe) approved by CNIL.

Today, it might seem that—aside from the issue of data sovereignty—supplier transparency has become a business asset. Many companies have recognized the dangers of US law that may require players to disclose their data without notifying the respective companies. As a result, data protection and compliance are now competitive advantages affecting their competitiveness.

Consequently, CIOs are turning to qualified external service providers to deal with various local constraints as well as consolidate their infrastructure to respond satisfactorily to them. End customers are now more demanding on the use of their data. However, NaaS-type models allow you to constantly optimize their performance and ensure their security. They also allow CIOs to more easily consolidate resources, policies, and operations while maintaining legal compliance through a single vendor.

In conclusion, new “as-a-service” offerings ease CIOs’ constraints on reforming their information systems, freeing them from the complexity of managing a network that has been exacerbated by the crisis. Access to data is key to competitiveness and puts CIO decisions at the center of a company’s operations and sovereignty.

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