Building Information Bridges is Your Business And Business is Good

08/06/2018 17:15:17
International borders are crossed an infinite number of times per day with the help of the internet. Cross-border data flow enables us to trade goods and services internationally, download software and applications, access social media, and vastly improve key verticals like finance, education and health care with immediate access to online distance learning, banking information or digitized patient and treatment records.

The proliferation of cloud computing has taken cross-border data flow to the next level by allowing easy communication and information sharing between international locations with predictions placing 41% of enterprise workloads on public cloud platforms by 2020. From conference calls and emails to searching out new manufacturing or logistics suppliers and building international customer bases, many people conduct business globally without even owning a passport. The American headquartered global conglomerate Walmart has 465 stores in Brazil, 642 stores in the UK and a staggering 2,358 stores in Mexico as of 2018.  

What about small or medium sized businesses you ask? A recent survey by USForex states that 58% of small businesses have already expanded their customer base internationally while 96% have concrete plans for international growth. Karin Visnik, head of USForex North America says “Going global is no longer an option for successful small- and medium-sized businesses — it’s a strategic imperative.”

For those businesses hoping to reach smaller or developing economies they must consider the issue of differing and sometimes prohibitively high costs for international hops or the lease of an international line to the country providing the hub. In a study performed in 2017 you can see the significant variation in the average connection speed and median monthly IP transit prices (per Mbps) between countries in the APAC region.



Aside from cost, the issue of differing internet content filters could also come into play when expanding internationally. While some countries have high-levels internet restrictions, some have relatively few restrictions making you susceptible to a whole new world of internet and data security hurt. How do businesses take control of cost and how their networks are being used globally and still expand into developing markets?

There are several important points to consider when expanding internationally:
•    Easy & comprehensive visualization of all network traffic
•    Authentication methods with the ability to restrict access and generate revenue
•    The ability to visualize domestic and international traffic independently
•    The ability to expand or reduce bandwidth usage for individual locations/applications
•    Granular control over all traffic
•    The ability to track most-viewed content and turn it into revenue

With extended control over your network you can simplify network management, reduce operating costs, maximize the value of your existing bandwidth and potentially generate revenue in ways you might never have considered before.

Sangfor IAM (Internet Access Management) is THE tool for developing your business internationally with confidence. Founded in 2000 and a publicly traded company as of 2018 (SANGFOR STOCK CODE: 300454 (CH)) Sangfor is the global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Cloud Computing and Network Security. See www.sangfor.com for more information on Sangfor one-stop solutions for the network security needs of your business and your customers.


References:
https://www.ofx.com/en-us/
http://www.itu.int/itunews/manager/display.asp?lang=en&year=2005&issue=03&ipage=interconnectiv-poor&
http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Breaking%20the%20barriers%20of%20Broadband%20in%20Asia-Pacific%2C%20LIRNEasia.pdf


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