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Our free WAN evaluation consultancy is similar to a price comparison service with the addition of some serious process and expertise.

IT teams need to set budgets and understand the WAN market. We decrease the time resource and complexity across WAN, Cloud and Security procurement via our select range of Indirect Partnerships.

How it works? Trusted by Medivet, Tilney, CDC Global, Royal British Legion, Russell Finex and more. Suitable for SME or large Enterprise business. Evaluate pricing for all major SD WAN vendors and Service Providers across Internet, MPLS and VPLS.

Our free consultancy option leverages a comprehensive range of indirect partnerships across the majority of major providers and vendors from Cisco to BT. Our team create a statement of requirements with a comprehensive RFP used to approach our range of Authorised Indirect Partners. Our revenue is earned via a commission when subsequent sales are transacted. A great way to gain a view of the market via Indirect commission agreements which are available from the majority of WAN service providers and hardware vendors. If no sale is transacted, your business will not be charged for our consultancy work.

The Network Union have formed a wide range of Indirect Authorised partnerships. We're Authorised Partners of recognised brands such as BT Business together with lesser known niche providers. We work with almost all SD-WAN providers including Meraki, Viptela, Silver Peak, Aryaka and Citrix.

The advantages are clear, we offer a shop front with a wide range of SD WAN products and tier 1 telco connectivity including Internet, MPLS, VPLS, Cloud and Security.

When is our free WAN evaluation not a good fit? The disadvantage of the indirect channel is that we're not for everyone. Our vendors and providers are our choice meaning our free consultancy is not independent. 

Where complete independence is required, Network Union offer paid consultancy where you decide which vendors and providers to include. Complete the form below to discuss provider evaluation.


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Begin with free consulting

Regardless of whether your business is looking to pursue our Indirect route or opt for paid consulting, every client is required to begin with our discovery process. Totally free and without commitment for all clients.

When we begin with our discovery process, you’ll be paired with one of our WAN technical account managers. They will guide you through the opportunities and pitfalls relating to SD WAN, MPLS or VPLS and specifically your business environment. We’ll evaluate your strategy, applications, business needs, budget and user flow. Once completed, we'll provide actionable feedback to help you understand the way forward.

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Discovery

Next, we’ll ask for an overview of your situation, you tell us a little about your challenges and we'll tell you a little about how we might help. We’ll set up a call for you with one of our technical account managers, so we can better understand the current state of your networking, the unique outcomes you’re trying to achieve, and whether or not our approach will help you achieve your goals.
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Statement of Requirements

If we both agree we’re a good fit, we’ll begin by creating a statement of requirements. One of our technical account managers will perform analysis into your current WAN architecture and how it fits into the rest of your business as the enabler to communications. They’ll create a draft statement of requirement that consists of recommendations, improvements, and opportunities to reach your goals.

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RFP Release

Using the knowledge gained from your statement of requirements, we craft an RFP used to approach WAN vendors and providers. The RFP document covers specific areas across technical, process, futures and budget. The approach we use is one of forcing transparency, asking questions that relate to your specific needs against user, application performance, uptime and more.

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SD WAN Demos

Once RFP submissions have been evaluated, we typically arrange for loan hardware for your business to asses on site or via webinar / office demonstrations from our SD WAN provider partners. The experience of evaluating how SD WAN responds to real world scenarios helps to gain an understanding of capability. We've recently completed a 5 site trial for Medivet with application failover and security. Meraki are currently offering free 30 or 60 day loan hardware with a half day Sales Engineer workshop.

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Set your WAN budget

Requesting pricing can be done throughout the processes which we have outlined prior to this step. However, the trial is also a good time to work on features and requirements as options are identified during the demonstration process as problems and issues are considered resulting in a statement of needs. We understand the need to set budgets and will often provide example pricing up front as required.

Meraki are offering 30 or 60 day loan hardware

Cisco Meraki leverages the concept of SD WAN to create a fantastic capability across traffic and user experience, reporting, security and monitoring.

If you would like to experience how Meraki could transform your next WAN, we'll arrange a demonstration via our direct Cisco account manager. Totally free and without commitment. 

To learn more, visit our demo blog post page and complete an initial form.

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Need something different?

While our process is well developed and considered, we appreciate there is often a need to consult on subject matters outside of our core workflows.

As an IT team involved in  infrastructure and operations, you are expected to address some of the most important trends and technology progressions ever made and make buying decisions which, more often than not, are based on marketing. The advent software-enabled everything and cloud everything are just the tips of icebergs. We are positioned to discuss bespoke engagements that draw on our experience and connections.

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Why choose Network Union as your Partner?

WE’VE WORKED WITH COMPANIES JUST LIKE YOURS

We do our best work with all types of business. Our work has spanned hundreds of sites across SME and large Global business.

WE WERE NAMED BT PARTNER OF THE YEAR AND MOST INNOVATIVE PARTNER

Since 209, we’ve worked tirelessly to get great results for our clients, and our recognition from BT is only one of many more to come across all of our partnerships.

WE KNOW OUR STUFF

At Network Union, we write for Techtarget as WAN procurement experts. Our blog content receives thousands of views each month.

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The blueprint to WAN procurement?

Updated every 3 months, the step-by-step WAN procurement Mindmap is a valuable resource for IT Managers.

A practical step-by-step process defining the key areas your IT team should consider from application performance to delivery.

Created by Robert Sturt, writer for Techtarget.com, our Mindmap won the BT award for Innovation.

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Outside of MPLS, what other capabilities are offered?

WEBSITE

WAN / SIP / TRADITIONAL TELEPHONY / LAN / WIRELESS / CALL RECORDING / MERAKI

INFRASTRUCTURE

DATA CENTRE / SERVERS / VIRTUALISATION / STORAGE / DATA MIGRATION / BACKUP / CONTENT FILTERING / SECURITY AND PCI COMPLIANCE

CLOUD SERVICES

BT COMPUTE IAAS / PRIVATE CLOUD IAAS / OFFICE 365 INTEGRATION / DESKTOP VIRTUALISATION / MICROSOFT AZURE

MANAGED SERVICES

MPLS / VPLS / ETHERFLOW ETHERNET / BTNET LEASED LINE / CLOUD / SECURITY

THE FACTS

24/7 SERVICE DESK / TECHNICAL EXPERTS / ITIL3 PROCESSES / ISO27001 SECURITY / ISO20000 ITSM / EVENT MANAGEMENT / IL3 / GPG13 SERVICES / 3RD PARTY MANAGEMENT

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