We’ve entered the “cloud age,” and enterprise networking professionals are feeling the pressure. Today’s enterprise networks include wired, wireless, and cloud components, each of which brings its own set of challenges. Add video and streaming technologies to the mix and you have a recipe for major network congestion.
Simplification: Converging Campus Networks
One of the latest developments involves simplifying campus networks. It’s common for organizations to have both wired and wireless networks, each with their own set of policies. Where employees were once discouraged from bringing their own devices, many organizations now encourage the use of mobile devices. In fact, 60 percent of employees surveyed by BitDefender use their personal devices to connect to company networks. This number is expected to go up, not down. BYOD is likely here to stay.
The challenge for IT departments is to simplify these networks, ensure security, and ensure performance. Building a secure network that accommodates both wired and wireless devices under a unified structure and policy is becoming essential. The advantages of doing so include:
- Simplification — A single point of control is less complicated than maintaining separate ones for wired and wireless networks. This makes IT’s job easier overall, which could result in reduced costs.
- Centralization — Convergence brings centralization. Network administrators are better able to manage the network from a centralized console that spans all devices whether wired or wireless.
- Flexibility — A converged network with software defined networking is better able to adapt to changing technologies.
Web Acceleration: Taking the “Fast Lane” to the Cloud
Another development affecting enterprise networking involves leveraging the cloud. Ajit Gupta, founder and CEO of Aryaka , offered a vivid explanation of today’s cloud age challenges by comparing accessing the cloud to a traffic jam on the freeway.
“Imagine that, as traffic continues to get worse in Silicon Valley, what we invest in to solve the problem is on-ramps and on-ramps only. So, no matter where in the Bay Area you are, you can get on I-80, 880, or 101 quickly,” he explained. “Well, then what? You’ve just sped your way into a traffic jam – and all of those on-ramps have encouraged even more people to speed into the very same traffic jam.”
While other telecommunications companies are content to build more onramps, or first mile connections, to the cloud, Aryaka has focused on bypassing the bottlenecks completely with a “fast lane to the cloud and major providers like Amazon and Microsoft.”
Just as simplifying campus networks has its advantages, the same is true of taking the fast lane to the cloud. Some of the advantages of using a cloud optimization service include:
- Increased collaboration
- Fast access to web applications
- Zero capital expense pricing
- Faster application performance, upload times, and download times
- Reduced latency
- Improved performance for interactive and dynamic content
Enterprise networking is undergoing a tremendous shift, and the status quo is no longer sufficient. Simplifying disparate networks and improving cloud access and performance are two steps in the right direction.
1. Mashable, “IT talk: The latest innovation driving enterprise networking and infrastructure simplicity,” – http://mashable.com/2015/04/15/it-talk-networking-simplicity/
2. Aryaka, “With new funding, we’re disrupting enterprise networking for good,” – http://www.aryaka.com/with-new-funding-were-disrupting-enterprise-networking-for-good/
3. Entrepreneur, “5 Ways to Encourage BYOD and Keep Your Company Data Secure,” – http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241645
4. PC World, “Survey: BYOD security remains spotty, with users unaware or unmotivated about risks,” – http://www.pcworld.com/article/2690359/survey-byod-security-remains-spotty-with-users-unaware-or-unmotivated-about-risks.html