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NAP (Network Access Point): What is it and how can it help you?

27/01/2020
NAP (Network Access Point): What is it and how can it help you?

Have you ever wondered how corporate connectivity details impact network performance and business strategy?

The truth is that many people don't know which factors can affect their connectivity. For companies, understanding these concepts is essential – and especially when it comes to NAP (Network Access Point).

After all, the Internet that supplies your business network (usually) does not leave the provider (ISP) to connect directly to your company.

In fact, there are several variables along this path. Everything depends not only on the geographic possibilities of the place, but also on what companies that provide the service and which technologies they use.

NAP (Network Access Point) is a great solution that telecommunications companies have found to allow their customers to make successful connections, expanding their reach without losing internet connection quality.

But how does that affect internet connectivity for organizations?

Having a NAP (Network Access Point) location increases the variety and performance of your connections and improves the interconnection with your Data Centers, as is the case with Ascenty customers.

However, before you start, you should have a firm grasp of this concept and what benefits it brings to businesses. Keep reading to learn more about NAP!

NAP (Network Access Point): What is it and how does it work?
NAP (Network Access Point) is one or more locations with a high level of connectivity and several options to access the main carriers and content. In it, different providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies set up their POPs (Points of Presence), allowing any business to easily use their connectivity services.

The interconnection between these lines and companies allows customers to reach any location on the globe through the connections provided by the NAP.

What are the characteristics of an NAP (Network Access Point)?

Carrier Neutral;
Easy and cheap acquisition of Cross Connection or Golden Jumper;
Several national and international carriers available;
Traffic exchange points (IX.br);
Content providers;
Leading Cloud Service Providers available (Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, IBM Cloud). 
Why does your company need an NAP (Network Access Point)?


Any company whose strategy includes developing a regional and global reach, vertical growth for IT environments, adopting hybrid environments, multicloud environments or even interconnecting its environments with multiple suppliers, partners or service providers must be part of an NAP (Network Access Point). After all, it's the ideal place for them to reach their connectivity and growth targets quickly and easily.

Because it’s a point with several connectivity options, it also offers extreme flexibility to adapt to each company’s strategy. In other words, companies that originally needed to connect with North America and adjusted their strategy to start doing business with Europe can easily acquire connections within the NAP, often acquiring a Cross Connect or Golden Jumper to plug into carriers that serve this region.

By itself, this characteristic of the NAP considerably increases the quality and variety of the connection as a whole. NAPs are usually also recognized for the high volume of information transferred and the large number of companies that are part of this location.

It’s the perfect solution for anyone paying too much for their internet connection, international connections or interconnection. NAP lowers costs and offers a powerful, low-latency connection.

In addition, the interconnection environment promotes an ecosystem where corporate networks not only remain stable, but are scaled. And that takes much more than just connectivity – you also need full-time availability, which the NAP (Network Service Point) provides.

In general, the NAP (Network Access Point) is the ultimate solution for companies looking for a high level of connectivity quality standards.

Benefits of the Ascenty NAP


Ascenty is setting up an NAP (Network Access Point) in São Paulo to enhance its customers’ connection.

This point will also offer an interconnection with the company’s entire ecosystem, enabling customers of any Ascenty Data Center to leverage its benefits to improve their connectivity.

This is possible because the company does not require its customers to set up physical POPs within the Ascenty Data Centers, since it is Carrier Neutral and connectivity is made through integrations and cross connections, either through any carrier or its own network. This is the best path to reach the main carriers, providers and content that the market can offer and demand.
 

Why is it important for a Data Center and an NAP to be Carrier Neutral?
 

Simply because it allows them to enable any level of connectivity from any carrier, regardless of which provider your company has chosen.

When it comes to the infrastructure, Ascenty’s NAP (Network Access Point) customers can also rely on the dedication of a leading data center infrastructure provider throughout Latin America.

Excellence in providing high quality standards in connection is one of the core businesses of the company, which has its own fiber optic network, in addition to more than 60 providers spread across Brazil.

Need to improve the quality of your connection, adding redundancy and more security for your data? Talk to one of our specialists right now and find out how the NAP (Network Access Point) solution can solve your connectivity problems!