The enterprise network has undergone rapid change in only a few short years. Initially business started with the client and server model, which introduced networking and created the need for a basic local area network (LAN) connectivity setup. LANs in this era operated in isolation and there was a number of connectivity methods and protocols such as SNA, AppleTalk, and IPX.
The next wave of computer connectivity introduced the branch office, and connects multiple networks in different locations of the corporate wide area network (WAN). In this era the smaller LAN’s were required to connect to each other, and IP routed networks began to take hold of among the specifications of IT departments. This resulted in the developing of a limited application intelligence for collaboration of documents, only really for prioritization purposes.
Cloud Computing Networks
Now that cloud computing has well and truly arrived there is a demand for legacy networks to update and adapt. The networks of business today must be able to deliver the principles of the cloud and cater to the needs of those that are demanding mobility in their day to day productivity. The network that business has must become an open and flexible network that aligns itself with the cloud.
The networks of yesteryear were designed for an era when the connected nodes were static. It was this static approach to networking that meant the network could also be rigid in its architectural design. Traditional on premise applications were also built with a limited amount of networking features which are now viewed as redundant. Today’s current networks and applications have to be able to suit the global mobility, and the ever changing device list of workers.
If you run an IP network, this may be good enough for the moment, but it will struggle to meet the demands of the cloud computing era. The cloud is a revolution in the way we approach work such as with mobility, and the ease of group access to applications. Cloud services are designed and built with an elasticity in their nature, and the networks that they run on should reflect this agility.
As more devices are connected to the network, and greater access is requested by the ever increasing mobile workforce, the network that they connect to should be able to scale up and out almost simultaneously. Network administrators will need their networks to have the ability to create services anywhere. Cloud application providers have already adopted new network models, and it’s critical that you follow the same leap of faith with your own network setup.
Many of the networks of today don’t allow the users of that network to take full advantage of it’s possibilities due to the rigidity of the legacy setups that have been in place for years. The ZK Research 2014 Network Purchase Intention Study indicated that 83% of the budget that companies allocated for their network management, was just to maintain the existing status. This proves that there is very little time or budget allocated to IT departments to allow them to bring their network up to date, and better aligned with cloud and mobile computing.
To keep up with the next generation of computing evolving your network is now essential for your business. In the new IP network you’ll find open flexibility that is standards based and can meet the new demands that comes with a cloud computing ready network. Organizations that can embrace the new IP era will thrive and even leapfrog their competition in their sector, while those that don’t will fall behind and become irellelanvent in the industry.
Legacy Network Integration
Its also essential to have the proper big data analytics to understand how this network changes and adapts depending on the not only the time of day, but also the range of projects that are in the businesses pipeline. Especially for companies who develop games and applications it can sometimes be essential to scale network traffic up through beta testing and new feature rollouts. Companies that offers Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and also platform as a service (PaaS) should be easily integratable for any type of network that want to stay upto date and relevant.