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Network Consultancy and Advice on WAN Network Improvements and Cost Savings with SD-WAN
As a Managed Services Provider and ISP, Blaze offers a wide range of private network products and services, with particular focus on Private SD-WAN networks. When advising businesses on their network design, our Wide Area Network consultants focus on cost savings, together with three over-arching priorities: Security, Managed Services, and delivering Agile solutions which can keep pace with the fast-changing world we are in.
In order to advise businesses on how to save money on private networks, our Network Consultants draw on deep network design expertise – combined with the commercial experience of managing a large number of private networks on behalf of companies across the UK.
With over 18 years’ experience in delivering and supporting compliancy-driven national wide area networks for businesses, Blaze is the safe and reliable partner of choice for SDWAN implementations.
Blaze can support the complex network infrastructure and IT requirements of businesses of all types, including large multi-site businesses, those with significant cloud-based systems, and companies with large numbers of staff working from home.
Our network consultants design the best solution – bespoke for each customer – taking into account detailed infrastructure considerations and design objectives. As a Managed Services Provider we can offer most services either fully managed or co-managed, as you prefer.
30% Network Cost Reduction
Customers typically save 30% or more on their network costs when they move to Blaze while improving the quality of their network. Contact us today and we can show you how much you could save by moving to a managed (or co-managed) SD-WAN private network from Blaze – and gain access to one of the UK’s leading private SD-WAN providers with 100% customer retention.
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WAN Consultant Advice on How to Save Costs and Improve Security
Blaze offers the most appropriate and cost-effective solution to the network needs of each of our customers. Because we have our own Blaze Private Core Network and are a fully licenced Telecommunications Provider and LIR (Local Internet Registry), Blaze can deliver highly cost-effective Private Networks and broadband connectivity services. Blaze Networks interconnect with all major Tier 1 providers in the UK including, BT, Vodafone, Virgin and many more. This allows us to offer a full range of connectivity options including fibre-based Ethernet and Broadband (ADSL, FTTC, GFast and FTTP) that all terminate back to our Blaze Private Core Network.
This reduces private network costs because:
- Blaze provide the best available cost on Fibre and broadband throughout the UK.
- With SDWAN-enabled connectivity, customers can enjoy active / active paths – doubling bandwidth where dual lines are concerned. Where dual lines are used, SDWAN-enabled Layer 7 application steering policies can be applied to your sensitive traffic. This steering capability in most cases doubles our customers’ SDWAN bandwidth whilst providing more capable business continuity through application aware SLAs.
- The power of SDWAN allows IT professionals to deliver business requirements within minutes not weeks and months like legacy disjointed MPLS networks.
- Quarterly PCI-DSS penetration testing across all sites is not required, as no site is connected directly to the public internet with a Blaze SD-WAN. (Be cautious of other SDWAN networks that may use the public internet as a transport type: Compliancy requirements can quickly increase your costs. Specifically, from the costs associated with penetration testing that is required at each entry point to your network.)
- There are only one or two entry points from the public internet into the Blaze private network. You can connect thousands of locations securely to these highly available entry points reducing complexity and administration.
- For larger organisations with their own IT teams, co-management of the central firewalls is possible by using role-based access control. Co-managed or fully managed compliancy driven networks from Blaze provides best in class SD-WAN infrastructure. After all – it’s not just the technology, it’s the partner that delivers good quality service.
- With a Blaze private network, the business can take advantage of low-cost centralised Data Centre bandwidth. This allows the business to considerably reduce the amount of bandwidth required for their locations, whilst offering more resilience to the branch estate.
SD-Branch Solutions for Multi-site Businesses
Businesses with multiple locations need to ensure the network and cybersecurity costs associated with those locations scale appropriately. Deployed within a company-wide SD-WAN network, the SD-Branch platform delivered by Blaze Networks is an excellent solution which enables a business to avoid any trade-off between cost and security within the branch site:
- Branch locations will be connected directly to the Blaze Private Core Network, completely avoiding any need to pass data over the public internet within your company’s Private SD-WAN network.
- Blaze’s SD-Branch solutions include a wide range of Fortinet equipment at differing scale (and costs), all enabling a single network fabric and supporting full SD-WAN and security functionality.
- The SD-Branch solution enables businesses to converge their security, WAN, and LAN, extending the benefits of the Fortinet Security Fabric to their distributed branches, all of which can be managed (or co-managed) by Blaze.
- Fortinet Secure SD-WAN technology is integrated with network access to deliver the most secure and manageable remote branch in the industry.
Additionally, to address the explosion of IoT devices, Blaze can design Secure SD-Branch solutions that incorporate FortiGate next-generation firewall capabilities to offer NAC (Network Access Control) services onboard. The Blaze service team can not only discover and secure IoT devices, but can also detect anomalies (by using FortiGate as a network sensor for the FortiNAC product).
Secure SD-Branch solutions include FortiGate Secure SD-WAN, FortiSwitch, and FortiAP to deliver consolidation of branch services for LAN edge, all forming part of the overall SD-WAN solution which Blaze delivers and manages (or co-manages).
When a business’ SD-WAN network includes several, or perhaps hundreds of different locations, the solution used within each site or branch needs to make economic sense. By incorporating a SD-Branch solution within the SD-WAN network, Blaze is able to deliver considerable network cost savings while delivering industry-leading security and network management functionality.
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Among the other advantages of using a Private Network from Blaze are the following:
Blaze Networks are a Managed Services Provider (MSP) whose approach to networking delivers unmatched reliability, scalability and manageability. We offer customers Private and Secure SD-WAN networks, built around our own Blaze Private Core Network.
By using Fortinet equipment and our Carrier-grade Cisco equipment, Blaze Private SD-WAN incorporates best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven, compliancy certified network for our customers. We employ comprehensive security set-up and configurations at all points within the network to comprehensively guard against cyber security threats of all types.
Pro-Active Network Management
The last thing your business needs to worry about is your network and connectivity. Productivity applications, Microsoft 365, cloud-based systems, ERP, CRM, card payment networks, POS systems, WiFi, back-office systems “in the cloud” – they all should just be there for end users. Always.
Blaze puts everything in place for you to get connected and then manages it for you, so you stay that way. At no extra charge, Blaze Networks pro-actively monitor all your sites, so any interruption will be brief. We can be sorting things out before anyone tells us to!
SD-WAN Networks for Improved Network Resilience and Management
Blaze Networks helps multi-site organisations such as retailers, hospitality and leisure businesses run on highly reliable and secure Private SD-WAN networks. We provide hassle-free setup and management of wide area network connections that are secure by design.
Regulatory Compliance and Network Security – Sorted!
Blaze frequently saves customers thousands with the compliancy support we provide: Compliance with regulations such as GDPR, ISO and the PCI-DSS card payment requirements all need to be managed.
Compliancy of any sort is extremely costly for any business to undertake. Our network enables you to avoid compliancy headaches: we are certified and audited each year as meeting the exacting requirements of PCI-DSS, helping to ensure the security of your network card transactions. We can provide customers with the AoC (Attestation of Compliance) certification for our Core Network as part of your own compliance certifications. This helps our customers to reduce their own compliancy costs dramatically.
Blaze offers customers free consultancy on your compliancy requirements as part of our network offering, so if you need to engage us to answer questions relating to compliancy we are here to help and assist you with keeping your compliancy costs down.
Industry-Leading 6-hour SLA
Blaze Networks are focused on delivering outstanding customer service: we offer no-hostage contracts (just 30 day notice are available, excluding Ethernet connections), and a 6 hour SLA on network service. Your peace of mind and the hassle we remove from your business means we have the highest level of customer retention: a 100% customer retention rate.
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Blaze is the Cost-Effective choice for SD-WAN
There is no doubt that traditional WAN architectures can’t keep up with business needs, that non-application-aware platforms are limiting security measures, and that increases in technical and business complexity prevents IT from responding to business needs as fast as is required.
Strengthen your WAN foundation whilst accelerating your cloud adoption or application aware capability’s today with the Blaze SD-WAN service offering.
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- Free initial consultation
- Free WAN setup, project management, and implementation
- Your internal costs minimised: we send our engineers to each of your sites to install your WAN equipment.
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In doing so, Blaze have access to a vast array of products that allow us to overcome our customers’ business challenges and requirements.
Blaze is a Microsoft Solutions Partner and Tier 1 Microsoft CSP Partner. We specialise in Microsoft 365 (including Teams and Teams Phone System), in Microsoft On-Premise and Hosted / Cloud Infrastructure (including Azure), and enable businesses to continue their digital evolution by fully exploiting the latest capabilities of Microsoft products as they evolve.
As a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Modern Work, Blaze has demonstrated a broad capability to help customers boost productivity and make the shift to hybrid work using Microsoft 365.
Blaze is an Expert Partner of Fortinet, a global industry leader in the supply of secure networking infrastructure systems. Fortinet are our technology partner of choice when building customer-specific Private SD-WANs, and Blaze is one of only a handful of Fortinet SD-WAN Specialization Partners in the UK and a Fortinet top-level Expert Partner. Blaze is also a Fortinet-accredited Managed Secure Solutions Provider (MSSP) and Integrator Fortinet partner. A Leader in several of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, the Fortinet platform combines excellent performance with advanced security features, superb manageability, and excellent Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps.
Veeam is a highly respected leader in cloud-based backup and recovery software, data protection and advanced monitoring in the data centre.
Blaze is a Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Silver Partner and we have combined Veeam technology with our highly secure Blaze Cloud™ infrastructure to produce BlazeVault™, a highly dependable, secure, and resource-efficient solution which will keep downtime to an absolute minimum in the event of data loss in operational systems or ransomware attack.
Blaze is a Bitdefender Gold MSP Partner. Bitdefender is a global cybersecurity leader protecting over 500 million systems through OEM technology partnerships, including with many global IT companies. Tests show it is unmatched in Attack Prevention. Based on Bitdefender technology, Blaze Endpoint Protection hardens endpoints to prevent malware and malicious attacks, and it provides the investigation and remediation capabilities needed to dynamically respond to security incidents when they evade protection controls. Blaze Managed EDR keeps your organisation safe with 24×7 security monitoring, advanced attack prevention, detection and remediation.
Cisco has long been the world’s pre-eminent network systems vendor, particularly for technology used at the core of major corporate networks and the internet. In addition to using Cisco equipment within our customers’ private networks, Blaze incorporates Cisco technology into the heart of our own network operations; the Blaze Private Core Network is built utilising Enterprise-class CISCO core routing equipment.