3 reasons why networks are holding back your business and what you can do about it

December 7, 2015 bentannahill

The network is the backbone of the modern 24x7 digital business.

Your website, your transactions, your communications...everything in your business relies on it.

And when network downtime can cost £3,670 [1] a minute, your network performance sets the precedent for your company’s performance.

But, despite this, networks trail far behind other areas of IT infrastructure in terms of their agility and ability to respond to changing business needs.

Consider, for example, how virtualization, DevOps and the cloud have combined to enhance the agility and flexibility of everything from compute and storage to software deployments and disaster recovery.

Yet, the networks that serve this infrastructure in comparison are far less malleable and can often function as a bottleneck to growth. So why is the network falling behind?

Here are three reasons.

1) Too complex

Modifying hardware and implementing policies across traditional networks are potentially disruptive, time-consuming, mainly manual, tasks that discourage network changes.

This characteristic is at odds with increasing business pressure to optimise each connection from the perspective of cost, availability, performance and security.

2) Too static

The difficulties of changing network setups encourages a very static network architecture that jars with the fluidity of ambitious, innovative businesses.

It also struggles to adapt to the ever-increasing and fast-changing variety of business-critical services, data and applications that are now carried over networks.

3) Too busy

Several trends have placed greater demand than ever on networks.

The consumerisation of IT, ubiquitous on-demand cloud services and the mainstreaming of remote working have multiplied the amount of business-critical network traffic. There is also a need for higher availability across a broader range of digital services as consumer expectations rise.

In trying to meet the infrastructure requirements demanded by evolving business and technology trends, network engineers find themselves constrained by the limitations of the traditional network approach.

What’s worse, circumventing these issues requires significant financial investment as well as incurring costs in lost revenues due to disruption to business continuity.

What can you do?

Fortunately, new and disruptive technologies are enabling us to use software to abstract away the physical hardware of traditional networks and allow them to be controlled with software.

This allows the network to be programmed independently of the underlying hardware which makes the whole system more agile and flexible, as well as cost effective.

Enterprises can create a homogeneous networking environment that seamlessly connects workforces with the workloads and applications they need, from anywhere.

These techniques can transform an enterprise network into an adaptive asset that adjusts quickly to changes in requirements and becomes an enabler of progress, rather than a bottleneck.

Get in touch to find out how we can help you map out the future for your network.

References

[1] http://blogs.gartner.com/andrew-lerner/2014/07/16/the-cost-of-downtime/

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