Blue Saffron Managed Network

What is Blue Saffron Network?

BlueSaffron Network is a generic service suite name that encompasses a range of component and fully managed network services.

Whether enhancing an in house network or considering the prospect of Managed Data Networks Blue Saffron have a solution for you. We source from the brightest and best network providers.

We genuinely true to build truly flexibility into solutions, enabling network configuration to match specific business needs.

End-to-end visibility of the network is essential in delivering enterprise-class as are meaningful service level agreements.

We work with a range of underlying technologies and base building blocks including:

solution provides this control, and offers full quality of service (QoS) and five levels of class of service (CoS). With CoS and QoS enabled, we are able to provide reporting on end-to-end network performance, latency and jitter, which are key requirements for support of real time, business critical applications.

Professional support services for the network are provided, access to dedicated project management resource, technical design services and tailored customer support.

Responsiveness, business understanding and personal ownership are the qualities that Blue Saffron staff bring to a solution.

Managed Networks (MDNs)

Managed Data Networks are becoming ubiquitous. The four main benefits of moving to a Managed Data Network (MDN) are:

Cost control

MDNs offer greater cost control than a network managed in-house as they provide a single fixed monthly cost for your network. They can offer more bandwidth and functionality, often for the same budget. This makes budgeting easier and means you can cut your capital expenditure.

Resilience

MDNs are fully managed services.  Our network and security operations centres monitor each service for faults and security incidents 24/7. If you need to contact us about fault management or a security incident our Business Customer Contact Centre is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Focus

For many organisations managing a network is a task they can do without, especially where IT resource is limited, or already overstretched. MDNs allow you to focus on your core business or refocus your IT resource where you need it most.

Future proofing

By moving to a MDN your organisation can protect network hardware and software from becoming obsolete. Telewest Business carries the capital investment cost and ensures that you can benefit from the latest technology when you need it. So if you need to add new applications or increase bandwidth, it's a simple call to us.

Comparing MPLS, IPSec and SSL Virtual Private Networks

There is no single 'best choice' when selecting an IP VPN architecture. That is why many companies are best served by some combination of MPLS, IPSec and SSL. MPLS VPNs are usually offered by the service provider as a managed service, and originate and terminate in the service provider's MPLS-enabled IP network. IPSec and SSL VPNs are typically managed by the company, and originate and terminate at the CPE. IPSec and SSL-based VPNs are also available as a managed service from certain service providers. Blue Safron will work with you to ascertain and then implement the most appropriate choice of architecture.

What is MPLS? - A Technical Definition

MPLS, short for Multiprotocol Label Switching is a versatile solution to address the problems faced by networks today, such as speed, scalability and routing, Quality of Service (QoS) management, and traffic engineering. It provides a connection-oriented environment that enables Traffic Engineering (TE) of packet networks. Traffic-engineered networks can guarantee bandwidth for various flows, which is a necessary condition for QoS.

MPLS is a packet label-based switching technique, which was originally devised to perform fast switching in the core of the network. Being a relatively simple connection-oriented protocol, it also proved to be suitable for implementing traffic engineering and Quality of Service (QoS)

Routing in a simpler way than using IP, MPLS integrates Layer 2 information about network links (bandwidth, latency, and utilisation) into Layer 3 (IP) within a particular autonomous system (ISP) in order to simplify and improve IP-packet exchange.

It gets packets to their destinations efficiently by creating paths through a network, similar to ATM and frame relay, while retaining the flexibility of IP. MPLS gives network operators a great deal of flexibility to divert and route traffic around link failures, congestion, and bottlenecks.

Who is MPLS for? - Some examples of practical uses

Although MPLS is best suited to the needs of large-scale network operators, its implementation can benefit a range of network users, from service providers themselves, to small- and medium-sized businesses, with the ever-increasing functionality and cost-effectiveness of data transport services.

Indicators that MPLS is a good choice for your company are the following:

For more on the benefits and selection of a managed network see attached:

BlueSaffron Network FactSheet