NaaS (Network as a Service): the key to the competitiveness of large French companies

Thanks to CAC 40 and to SBF 120 companies, France is shining around the world and this, in most sectors of the economy. However, to stay on top, these large companies must go beyond their hexagonal anchorage and notably include this network.

To stay efficient, the quality of their IT infrastructure is key. Clearly, the competitiveness of companies today depends on multicloud and therefore on the ability to manage a complex network that can have surprises in terms of budget if it is not managed. This is an important element in helping companies keep up with innovation.

The challenge is to deal with the events of recent months that have changed the structural situation: between the health crisis and new work organizations, conflicts and cyberwar, and also considering the strengthening of regulations such as the GDPR, the implementation of CISPE, the SecNumCloud repository etc.

The challenges then involve new so -called NaaS or “Network as a Service” solutions, and their concrete contribution to addressing these issues.

Select as a Service network and create a simplification shock

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

The IT departments of large French companies must combine security, collaboration, competitiveness and allow the deployment of hybrid working methods. If professions are waiting for effective solutions tailored to their day-to-day needs, CIOs must also, in addition to these requirements, respect other standards and make every effort to guarantee the integrity of systems and data, as cyberattacks are increasing year by year.

At the same time, the number of cloud providers is growing and they offer competitive offers at a technical, commercial and regulatory level. 80% of businesses will put in place a system to migrate to cloud infrastructure and applications twice than the rate before the pandemic.

In this context, CIOs may choose on-premise or cloud-hosted environments, preferring one cloud provider for the quality of its database services or another for its artificial intelligence capabilities. This includes the day-to-day management of a multicloud network. However, the complexity of this multicloud ecosystem will further increase depending on the number of countries covered by the company, its choice for hosting its data or its desire for compatibility. It is therefore an issue of primary importance for French companies operating around the world.

NaaS as an adaptable response to business needs

In this effort to simplify the work of CIOs and their IT landscapes, companies using cloud service providers seek, above all, to guarantee the availability of their data in any situation. They also want to ensure their security and maintain the ability to freely switch suppliers without jeopardizing their infrastructure.

“As a Service” offerings are proliferating to accurately meet these expectations, with NaaS in particular, known as “Network as a Service”, offering to create private and secure connections to cloud, depending on the demand coming from the company and according to in a flexible way of consumption. This type of service available on subscription allows CIOs to rationalize their costs and change the allocation of resources according to the needs expressed within.

Legal regulations and networks: select suppliers qualified by the authorities

We are often asked the question about the impact of regulations on the competitiveness of French companies. In addition to internal barriers, IT departments should consider these regulatory barriers. Compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) or the SecNumCloud qualification awarded by ANSSI (National Agency for the Security of Information Systems) for cloud hosts has further prompted cloud infrastructure providers to develop a code of conduct in through the CISPE association (Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers Europe), approved by the CNIL.

Now it seems – despite the question of data sovereignty – supplier transparency has become a business asset. Many companies have understood the risks of American law, which may require players to disclose their data without notifying the companies concerned. As a result, data protection and compliance are now competitive advantages that affect their competitiveness.

As a result, CIOs have turned to qualified external service providers to juggle various local barriers, but to consolidate their infrastructures to respond to them satisfactorily. End customers are now more demanding in terms of their data usage. However, NaaS type models make it possible to continuously optimize their performance and ensure their security. They also allow CIOs to consolidate resources, policies and operations more easily while respecting legal aspects through a single provider.

In conclusion, the new “as a service” offers alleviation of the barriers of CIOs to reforming their information systems, by removing them from the complexity of network management, which has increased in tandem. of the crisis. Accessing data as key to being competitive, it puts CIOs ’decisions at the heart of the activity and the company’s sovereignty.

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