- Get an SLA. What happens if something in your business goes down? Using an SLA will make the slowdown only temporary. Even if you business slows down for a short time, you won’t lose an real time or anything which might affects your company.

– Before you use your WAN, make sure you talk to other users. Find out who they used and why. Get all your references upfront. Ask them what is involved and how much it costs. Ask them for any and all information you can. Hopefully your friends will be honest with you. If they aren’t being honest, find a fellow business owner you know. Have the same conversation with him or her.


– Your cloud WAN needs to have the best accessibility you can find. You need to know how your information is being passed through the web and links. Call the company and ask them. Tell them what your needs are and how to get the best of what is out there.

– What happens when you run into a specific problem? Ask the company what their protocol is when handling specific issues? What is their protocol for just general maintenance. Ask them to give you a detailed explanation.

– You need someone who can install your could WAN in just a few seconds. What I mean is, you need someone close by. It’s not going to do you any good to hire someone who is 50 miles away. It won’t do you any good to hire someone who is 25 miles away. You need someone within a 5-10 minute landmark.

– Not all apps will be cloud WAN friendly. I will tell you this much upfront. When you call to talk to someone, go through all your apps with the person. Tell him or her which ones you have. The person should be able to tell you if the app is cloud WAN friendly. If certain apps are not, you need to make a choice. Which is more important? Having those apps? Using the cloud WAN?

– Ship the disks physically. Don’t move them in bulk across the networks. Why? This will cut down on the costs in a big way. Compare your bill before the WAN and after. You will notice a big difference.

– What happens when you get an increase in traffic? Ask your provider how they intend to handle it. Each company has their own way of handling things. At the end of the day it boils down to personal preference. Decide which option is best for you and go with it.

– If you choose not to go private, your public connection needs to be one of the best around. Your public connection needs to be fast, and I do mean fast. It needs to be handle connections which are already slow to begin with.

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