Azzurri Launches Managed Cloud Connectivity

Rufus Grig, CTO, Azzurri

Azzurri Communications has today launched ICON Connect, Azzurri’s new converged connectivity solution which sits within the ICON Cloud and Managed Services suite. With ICON Connect, organisations benefit from a managed connectivity solution which brings together best-of-breed wireless and fixed line data connectivity under a single unified network framework. ICON Connect eases the deployment and overall availability of cloud applications; as well as improving the reliability of network-based communications services.

ICON Connect can be adapted and scaled to meet the specific needs of every organisation, irrespective of their size, bandwidth requirements, number of locations or resiliency requirements. This is because ICON Connect integrates an extensive range of connectivity services along with all the key technologies available from the major tier 1 vendors and carriers as a true managed service.

Connectivity solutions can include ADSL, FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Cabinet), Ethernet, dark fibre and radio services (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G etc.), with the benefit of all services being delivered on a unified network framework with a single billing interface. The modular nature of the solution allows customers to pick and choose from a range of service options, delivered over a private cloud infrastructure and fully managed by Azzurri.

Traditionally when building a hybrid connectivity solution for a customer, the type of connectivity technologies that are used are often simply determined by the number of users, and to a certain extent cost. This approach can often lead to a disconnect between the connectivity delivered and the needs of the employees.

As with all of the other cloud services under the Azzurri ICON banner, ICON Connect is supported by an Azzurri Managed Service overlay to ensure the on-going delivery of the service and to provide guaranteed availability. With ICON Connect, Azzurri designs, installs and manages the complete solution to ensure that it is secure, flexible and scalable to the customer’s requirements.

Rufus Grig, CTO of Azzurri comments, “IT leaders are forever challenged with delivering connectivity to a broad range of stakeholders – including their customers, employees, suppliers and partners – all of whom have differing requirements. Choosing the correct technology for the various scenarios facing the organisation is made all the harder by the continual advances in connectivity technology. Staying on top of the evolving connectivity spectrum – weighing up the risks, costs, benefits and support requirements of these different connectivity needs – is a full time job. That is why we developed ICON Connect. We take the burden of technology decisions away from the customer so that they can concentrate on getting on with their jobs, safe in the knowledge that their network delivers the connectivity that they need to access their applications and services.”

“As we all know, some carriers are stronger than others in certain locations; some provide specialist products whilst others are more generalised. Therefore if you want the best of the best you will often have to contract directly with a large number of carriers which could be time consuming, complicated and costly. We take that pain away with ICON Connect by providing one fully managed service that provides the best option for each of our customers’ locations, but more importantly, through one single contract allowing them to concentrate on what really matters,” concludes Grig.

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