Most digital transformation initiatives and cloud migrations are doomed from the start. Why? Current networks aren’t good enough to support them. This is significant considering an organisation’s network is a key barometer for the productivity of its workforce and the overall business.
Connections, bandwidth and transport technologies can’t keep up with current mobile, cloud and data demands, according to research firm Forrester. If you think about the explosion in the data and devices the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring into the fold, it’s worrying given it’s such a fundamental building block in the digitalisation process.
Adding to this, infrastructure and operations leaders have been busy pushing network teams to embrace an internet-only strategy to control costs, rather than using traditional wide-area network (WAN) options, such as multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) or Ethernet. If your business attempts to accommodate the IoT with an internet-only approach, you’ll soon realise it simply can’t support the future capacity requirements of data movement, application mobility and customer needs.
While this internet-only idea was popularised by Amazon, Facebook, Google and other cloud heavyweights, they’ve now all done a back flip on their strategies after recognising the importance of the network to their businesses and are no longer using the internet as their only transport.
That’s because business grade networks are core to digital business. It’s becoming increasingly clear that hybrid network infrastructure is the best way forward. You’ll now see most cloud providers focusing on hybrid network strategies that embrace a combination of the internet, carrier services and their own networks.
Having a great network, however, is more than just network architecture and the underpinning technologies. It’s important to build a smart and reliable network that accommodates the increased complexities and bandwidth requirements of cloud applications and services.
The success or failure of cloud adoption is often dependent on how your network is being used. Having the right technology in place to gain valuable insights and visibility into the performance of your network is crucial to your digital and cloud strategy.
It’s important to have insight into all the applications, users, devices and links on your network, as well as the ability to easily redirect bandwidth to critical applications as required. It’s all about having the right perspective!
Not only will your organisation benefit from improved productivity, it will also ease user frustration, reduce network management, provide continuous insightful analytics and enable an agile IT organisation.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to build a reliable network, download a free Forrester white paper. You’ll learn why it’s important to:
- Let the business prioritise the apps and allow dedicated bandwidth.
- Consider costs and tradeoffs of reducing MPLS or similar services.
- Push SaaS and nonessential traffic through internet connections.