Is your business one of the 33% of Australian businesses that operate in the public cloud? For years, the public cloud has been widely recognised as a more cost-effective option for businesses adopting a cloud based environment. In recent times, organisations have transitioned to Hybrid Cloud models, uncovering significant cost benefits that cannot be met in a public cloud environment.
A recent study indicates that 80% of organisations IT budgets will be committed to cloud applications and solutions in 2018. Does your IT budget look like this? Are you fully capturing the cost benefits of your current environment? This is in line with conversations we have every day with Australian organisations. Most indicate that their roadmap includes building a hybrid environment over the next three years.
A cloud solution provider recently conducted a 5-year total cost of ownership analysis with a customer that was spending around $2.5 million per year in a public cloud environment. The analysis uncovered that if they implemented a hybrid approach, over the next five years, after purchasing the infrastructure, the customer would save $4.5 million. The cost, security and business continuity benefits are becoming increasingly evident, encouraging businesses to make the switch.
One of the most important assets for any business is having the ability to forecast fixed and variable costs. A key driver in the shift to Hybrid Cloud is the ability to predict these costs. Providers should be able to identify the costs involved and ensure your budgets are predictable over the year. In Australia alone, hybrid cloud is booming, with more than two thirds of Australian companies now implementing a hybrid solution.
What exactly is hybrid cloud?
Hybrid cloud allows businesses to experience the best of both worlds. It is the combination of both public and private cloud environments, offering public cloud scalability, with private cloud confidence. Both environments operate independently. Enabling organisations to run applications across multiple platforms, provides businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options. Analysing the workloads of businesses with hybrid solutions, your business can experience significant cost and efficiency gains by choosing the right platforms for the right workloads. A Hybrid Cloud model ultimately allows businesses to achieve high levels of agility, scalability and efficiency. Businesses can dynamically adjust the amount of capacity they use in the public or private hosting environment, providing the agility every business deserves.
With the hype around cost benefits, it is also vital for businesses to consider hidden costs involved. This may be directly related to organisations that are required to comply with data protection regulations, which is often difficult to put a price on. Therefore, businesses are urged to select cloud providers with data centres based in Australia and have proven credentials as a specialist in hybrid cloud integrations.
Although adopting a hybrid solution may not provide the cost and efficiency benefits for some organisations, it is still worth consulting in your cloud provider. Understand how to fully capture the benefits of your current environment and discuss how your business may uncover the benefits of a Hybrid solution.
Call our Hybrid Cloud specialists today on 1300 546 389
Monday March 12th, 2018 – 5G Networks Limited (ASX: 5GN) announce the successful acquisition of Asia Pacific Telecommunications (APTel).
APTel is a Melbourne based voice, data and cloud communications service provider and aggregator. With over 20 years history, APTel service over 800 mid-market corporate clients, hotel groups and commercial offices throughout Australia.
APTel is a company that falls under leading Australian integrated property development company, the Deague Group. Growing from an internal division of the Deague Group, servicing only their tenants network requirements, APTel grew to become a standalone service provider with a diverse client base. Conversely, APTel demonstrate significant strengths within the network, installation and managed services market and the addition of this business to the 5G Networks group will provide positive synergies and growth.
5G Networks Managing Director, Joe Demase, stated that “The acquisition of APTel is a significant illustration of the strategy that we outlined in our IPO prospectus. Immediately, it increases our revenue and gives access to a substantial new customer base that we can use to leverage our core offerings. The integration of the APTel service suite with our own offering, delivers a powerful business solution that can meet the modern demands of the mid-tier business market for broadband and cloud services”.
APTel also bring an energetic and experienced team that will integrate with the current 5G Networks framework. “Our immediate focus will be on the successful integration of the APTel business and personnel and delighting the APTel customer base with the high quality services the combined APTel 5G operation will deliver” Mr Demase said.
A partnering agreement has also been struck between the two parties for 5G Networks to partner with the Deague Group for current and future Deague Group property developments, including IT infrastructure and network access. 5G will provide all IT services for the Deague Group under a long term service agreement. Additionally, 5G will have roof top access to all existing and new Deague Group properties across Australia which will accelerate 5G’s wireless network rollout.
They key to business success is making business processes more efficient and profitable and the Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to do so. Expected to reach $150US Billion by 2024, it’s time to ask yourself if your business is ready.
Signs your business is IoT ready
The first question to ask is if your network has the ability to handle a multitude of connections and an increase in the flow of information. If your network is currently slow and experiencing contention with a small number of connected devices, it is inevitable that your business will run into problems upon scaling towards growth and the use of IoT. The matter at hand will be the growth in the number of endpoints connected to your network and that all of these devices will have their own IP addresses and your network may not be able to accommodate all of these endpoints.
In order for IoT to function properly, the applications require real time data, meaning your network cannot afford to experience any outages. In order to remain confident that your network will not experience unexpected outages, your network provider must guarantee that the network provided will have near perfect levels of uptime.
Looking for the right partner
Latest findings suggest that 29% of organisations across the globe have adopted IoT to some measure, and is expected to rise to 48% over the next 12 months. The race to join the IoT gold rush is heavily linked to the cost savings and product enhancement benefits. Therefore, finding the right partner to capitalise on these benefits is key and involves finding a partner that is IoT ready themselves. More importantly, a provider that owns the network infrastructure is key, as this will ensure that the provider has a vested interest in maintaining a fully operational network, in turn providing reliable network that can easily withstand the demands of IoT.
In 2018, standardisation on IoT devices is a must. If you’re unsure your network is ready for IoT, contact the team at 5G Networks on 1300 546 389 to be connected with one of our specialist channel partners and kick-start your transformation, enabled by high performance networks.
Look towards integrating your communication platforms directly within business software for greater efficiency. 5G Networks offer rich features and mobile access to your cloud platform, allowing business to enjoy cost and productivity benefits, as well as putting business in optimum position to take advantage of future advancement.
Shift your Business
With millions of Australian businesses preparing to shift to NBN, your legacy phone systems are in jeopardy. Prepare your business with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). VOIP will simply use your internet connection to connect your business with any landline or mobile. VOIP converts the voice signal to a data package allowing it to traverse your data network
5G Networks VOIP solutions satisfy the criteria of providing seamless communication regardless of the device or location of the user, giving you the ultimate mobile access. With the increasing number of employees working from outside the office, VOIP mobility provides unprecedented access to send and receive calls from their office to choice of mobile device, as well as having convenient access to voicemail. In today’s fast paced working environment, business needs to be up to speed with the latest offerings, as well as offering employee’s flexibility to further increase productivity.
Become Budget Friendly
The overall VOIP solution provides remedies in becoming budget friendly, where Legacy phone systems are not known for being budget friendly, nor are they known to be scalable. VOIP allows your business to slash overall monthly fixed costs by removing unnecessary capital investment in ageing technology. VOIP services provide a pay per user per month model, providing businesses a consumption cost model. Conversely, customers can save on fees currently charged by existing traditional phone service providers, an extremely beneficial feature for businesses experiencing rapid growth.
Offering true VOIP solutions, 5G Networks can demonstrate how to achieve the greatest benefit from your companies most important business tool. Give your company the flexibility it deserves in 2018 and contact 5G Networks today on 1300 546 389 and we will introduce you to one of our specialist channel partners.
The Internet of things (IOT), a process where humans are somewhat removed from the loop, is dramatically changing the world around us, and a lot faster than we can imagine. Companies are connecting thousands of devices everyday, allowing them to use and track data like never before.
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things is the connection of devices to the Internet, allowing devices to collect and exchange data and in turn, allow for quicker and better decision-making. IOT is a sector that is rapidly growing around us, changing the way business operates and the way everyday individuals go about their day-to-day lives.
Not quiet sure how it works…
It’s 2025 and you’re stepping out of the office to hail a cab to your important business meeting. Of course, your Google Calendar automatically scanned your Gmail and uploaded an entry for your meeting to your phone. Your phone told your office that you were leaving. By the time you’re at the front door, your self-driving Google Cab has pulled up. You hop in and start to tell it where you want to go. Of course, it already knows. Oh, and by the way, your Google cab is free!
It’s Autumn and you’ve heard that the snow season is lining up to be a cracker. Last weekend, you were browsing new ski jackets at the shops. You didn’t buy any of course; your old one is perfectly fine! You did try one on though.
What’s really weird is that the five screens in your Google cab just happen to be playing adverts for the jacket. The jacket sent a cookie to your smart watch. The cookie knows that you tried the jacket on, but didn’t leave the store with it. Your smart watch tells your cab which then plays you the adverts for the entire cab ride. It’s real world re-targeting. (Dave Bonouvrie, Business Insider)
Rapid IOT growth
Over the next 5 years, companies are expected to spend almost $5 trillion on IOT, with many describing it as the next industrial revolution. Projections suggest a total of 22.5 billion IOT devises will be in full use by 2025, leaving people around the world surrounded by IOT devices around the house, in the office and at the local supermarket (Source: BI Global IoT Executive Survey, 2016) The Internet of Things will touch many industries as businesses use smart automation to create new products and services for their customers. This will not only allow for greater customer interaction, but businesses will have unprecedented access to customer data, allowing customers to be targeted in ways that they have never experienced before.
With more and more devices being connected, security and privacy concerns are on the rise. Companies working closely on, or beginning work with IOT, have made safeguarding data a top priority, where the protection of sensitive data is ranked as a top concern amongst enterprises (Source: Vormetric Data Threat Report, 2016)
IOT and 5G Networks
The Internet of Things provides some exciting times ahead for tech companies. 5G Networks’ access to state of the art infrastructure allows us to build our very own IOT networks providing customers with optimum IOT services, designed to enhance business effectiveness. With access to superfast networks, 5G Networks will also be able to develop and support future IOT systems. Overall, we are excited about this new revolution and about our ability to assist our clients navigate through it.
Watch This Space
5G Networks Ltd controls the business of both 5G Networks Operations and Enspire Australia. Today investors from all around Australia may apply to invest in the business via the Prospectus found at www.5Gnetworks.com.au
5G Networks is an innovative and new take on broadband network infrastructure, and is poised to become the leading gateway for superfast broadband networks and cloud infrastructure.
High Speed Broadband Network Infrastructure
Funds raised will be used by 5G Networks to rapidly grow its network, customer base and revenue. 5G Networks will achieve growth through targeted acquisitions, which have already commenced with the acquisition of Enspire Australia, once listing is completed. In addition, 5G Networks will grow organically by continually building its customer base and partners.
Cloud based management of business systems and data
Enspire is capable of delivering the cloud solutions that thousands of Australian mid-market corporates require. Enspire has been doing business in Australia since 1999 and is a proven performer as a provider and facilitator of cloud computing services.
The Managing Director of 5G Networks, Mr Joe Demase, has been actively involved in preparing both 5G Networks and Enspire for the listing. “It has been a very busy time for all the teams at both 5G and Enspire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Directors and the hardworking professional teams involved for their efforts. I am very proud of our work to date, and look forward bringing more innovation and great service to the sector in the future.” he said.
For more information on the 5G Network’s listing please visit www.5gnetworks.com.au .
These are just the type of headlines that make IT managers’ stomachs flip, particularly for those companies that rely on their ability to remain connected. Today many companies are massively dependent upon their ability to communicate with their teams, their customers and, increasingly, the cloud. Losing that access can be a very costly exercise, even if only for one day.
If this sounds like you then you should start investigating your failover strategy. Start by analysing the cost of down time. What would happen to your business if your network became unavailable? How much would it cost in lost sales or staff downtime?
The answer could be as simple as a call to 5G Networks. They have the ability to offer a redundancy service over the wireless network, so if your fibre service is broken, data will failover to a high speed wireless service.
Settle your stomach and call us today.
On 13 September 2017 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) granted 5G Network Operations Pty Ltd a carrier licence under subsection 56(1) of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
In Australia, the owner of a network unit used to supply carriage services - such as telephony or internet, must hold a carrier licence. This is an important step in further advancing the 5G Networks business model and enables the organisation to provide its services in accordance with its business plans and in a manner consistent with all prevailing legislation and sector guidelines.