November 8, 2015

Speed, Reliability and Security: 3 Corporate Network Essentials

Information technology is top-of-mind for all enterprise leaders these days, as executives continue to discover ways to boost corporate performances through IT strategy. While each company’s approach to tech will feature unique distinctions based on industry and business objectives, strategists share similar overarching visions as they purchase and deploy next-generation networking technologies. Here’s a look at the three universal goals of today’s network strategy, and a few tools and techniques that can help organizations in their efforts to retain their competitive edge.

Speed: Most top-tier companies have chosen a strong set of enterprise applications to drive productivity, but unless a network is optimized for high-speed performance, employees won’t truly be empowered with the services they need to thrive. It’s not all about apps, either. Companies are raising the bar for bandwidth as employees juggle a wider variety of streaming video and multimedia content throughout the day. As a blog article from Memeburn pointed out, the average network capacity will double every ten months, reflecting the fast-paced evolution of IT.

“The transition from 1G data centres to 10G data centres took about 10 years,” explained author Perry Hutton, who is Fortinet’s Africa regional director. “The transition from 10G to 100G will be much faster. All parts of the infrastructure need to perform within the high-speed infrastructure.”

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Security: Even though the data breach epidemic of 2014 has come to a close, smart business leaders are still highly aware of the cyberthreats that exist throughout the digital landscape. While a range of new protective applications and security appliances been introduced to the market with impressive adoption, companies are still struggling to perfect their defensive strategies from an overall networking standpoint. Memeburn suggested that organizations will soon drop disparate security services in favor of integrated solutions built specifically for their infrastructures.

Smart defensive tactics will also play a key role in cloud deployment strategies, which continue to gain momentum across verticals, the source explained. Organizations that created dedicated fiber connections to their cloud resources will gain an instantaneous edge over the competition with regard to the privacy and protection of their off-premise assets. Ultimately, a company should strive to construct a multi-faceted wide area network or WAN that connects all of its cloud and on-premise resources on a unified architecture for total security and control.

Reliability: Even the most high-powered and secure network will be useless if service providers aren’t able to ensure a reliable connection year-round, which is why dependability is one of the most important factors in today’s IT conversation. TechTarget argues that every enterprise operations should hold its telecom vendors to a five-nines reliability standard, which translates roughly to “5 minutes and 15 seconds or less of downtime in a year.” If a company can achieve this level of service without IT intervention or reconfiguration, it is well-equipped for success.

Of course, additional features such as disaster recovery programs can help boost reliability, but if chosen vendors can install resilient hardware and support its systems proactively, an organization is already a step ahead of the rest.

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