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How to Tell Whether Cloud-Managed Networks Are Right for Your Branch Office

Published: 03 September 2015

ID: G00278442

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman , Danilo Ciscato


SaaS-based, cloud-managed networks include a set of diversified solutions that deploy and manage wired and wireless infrastructure in remote offices. CMNs offer distinct advantages; but are expensive at scale, so network managers should calculate the total cost for the lifetime of the solution.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Compare CMN With Other Options, Analyzing Benefits, Constraints and Risks
    • In-House: Build the Management Platform and Manage the Network
    • Fully Managed Service: Outsource Network Management
    • CMN: Buy Equipment That Comes With a Management Platform as a Service
    • Choosing an Approach
  • Calculate the Total Cost for the Life Span of the Solution, Including Integration With the Existing Infrastructure and Processes

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