Why choose our network?
Our network forms a comprehensive national and international offering that is focused on delivering path diversity, high availability and maximum network uptime for our customers. The availability of our network is further enhanced through interconnectivity of a multi-carrier fibre backbone from Feenix, Spark, Vodafone, Chorus, and Kordia.
We are a global, leading-edge, business technology company owned by a fortune 500 parent that sits at the forefront of new technology innovation. We have invested heavily in building an 8K + 5G Ecosystem and AIoT World to help New Zealand businesses create smart offices of the future.
Frequently asked questions
What is managed WAN?
WAN stands for ‘Wide Area Network’. This type of network is typically used by businesses and organizations to connect multiple locations together over a single private network, improving speed, security and monitoring capabilities.
A WAN may be used to securely connect multiple offices to a central server(s) at Head Office, or, more commonly in today’s world, to securely connect multiple branches to private or public Cloud applications with improved network speeds.
As a Sharp WAN customer, you will benefit from an interconnected upstream network of tier 1 partners in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, offering high speed symmetrical Internet services and dedicated connectivity to some of the world’s largest public cloud environments, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon (AWS) and Oracle.
Will my Firewall keep my business safe from cyber-attacks?
One of the most effective ways to protect your business from cyber-attacks is to use a next generation firewall suite, but be careful, not all firewalls are equal. Businesses may find themselves vulnerable to online threats where they have opted for older or cheaper firewalling technologies that cannot perform SSL encryption and decryption between the computers in their office and the public server they are connecting to, a function especially important today as nearly 90% of all internet traffic today is encrypted.
Ultimately if your firewall can’t ‘see’ your online traffic properly your business is at greater risk of a cyber-attack. Additionally, your firewall should support an arsenal of other security technologies including Deep Packet Inspection, Intrusion Prevention, Identity Provider Security, Web Filtering, Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware, for your best chance of avoiding an online attack.
Sharp offers New Zealand businesses a Unified Threat Management suite that encompasses the latest in content security tools that drastically reduce your exposure to online cyber-attacks.
What is a DDoS Cyber Attack?
A DDoS attack is a type of cyber-attack in which an attacker attempts to overload a target system with fake requests, making it unavailable to legitimate users. The attacker typically uses a botnet, or network of infected computers, to generate the high volume of requests. DDoS attacks can be very disruptive and cause significant financial losses for businesses. They can also be used as a form of political protest or as a tool to disable critical infrastructure.
While DDoS attackers typically target larger public facing services, such as websites, there can be significant knock-on effects to other businesses if services they rely on have been affected during the attack.
Sharp business WAN customers benefit from a complimentary DDoS mitigation and prevention technology that analyses all international traffic at our Australian and US handovers, before it enters the New Zealand market. This is referred to as “clean” internet.
How resilient is my network?
Building and operating a high-performance network requires stringent attention to detail, path diversity, power integrity and equipment resilience. Consideration should be made of what level of redundancy is important to your business. From a local power cut, fibre outage, faulty router or network switch, or to a large upstream service provider event that could affect your entire business, what level of disruption can your business tolerate?
Sharp offers several layers of network resilience to its business customers, including local site redundancy via a private 4G network (built exclusively for Sharp) to upstream path diversity via a comprehensive national and international multi-carrier network designed to deliver maximum network uptime.
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