Networks of the future
Posted on April 27, 2018
One thing is clear when we look at the future of networking, and that is, it will continue to grow at a very fast rate. So as connectivity and networking grow within businesses, so do the challenges that must be addressed.
Software defined, automated and virtual
The IT landscape changes fast, making legacy infrastructure and outmoded applications major hurdles. New technology and infrastructure must be adaptive and responsive to keep pace with business needs.
At its foundation, a modern and responsive system should have virtualised data centre infrastructure, creating a software-driven, automated and intelligent network.
As its name suggests, virtualisation replaces the physical components of a network or infrastructure, which can quickly become outdated, with virtual ones.
Data centre virtualisation is the process of designing, developing and deploying a data centre on cloud computing technology. It encompasses storage, networking and other infrastructure devices.
Network virtualisation can be used for testing environments without taking systems offline and so minimises downtime and the risk of failure. It can also be used for implementation as well as actual network operations. Combined with adaptive coding and analytics, virtualisation helps the network stand up to future demands.
This doesn’t mean that infrastructure has no place in the modern enterprise. What it does mean is that trends point to software-defined infrastructure and a hybrid approach towards large corporate networks, as the critical ingredients.
With the fast changing technology landscape comes the need for IT teams with new skills. As much as the hardware needs to be able to enable integration, IT professionals also need to have skills to enable this integration.
The difference between success and failure could be down to what tools are chosen and how IT environments are designed, automated and visualised to be programmable, scalable and most importantly, secure.
Working closely with providers ensures that business objectives can be met with sustainable and practical solutions proposed by internal IT teams.
Security remains the key concern
Unsurprisingly, security, in particular will remain a key concern and IoT (Internet of Things) continues to present security challenges.
As new devices are connected to the network, and the workforce becomes more disparate due to ease of networking, and cyber criminals come up with new ways of attacking, IT professionals need ensure (as they already do) the corporate network is secure.
IoT connected devices bring so many opportunities for businesses. This applies not only in the way that employees can work, interact and contribute offsite, but also in the way that information can be collected from consumers and the environment in which they operate.
But with this wealth of potential revenue and intelligence data opportunities, also comes vulnerability.
In business, IoT ‘things’ will become increasingly varied. There are the standard corporate network, WAN’s, website and connected computers, phones, laptops and other handheld devices. But there’s so much more, such as surveillance cameras, routers or even automated doors.
The increasing digitisation of business increases the risk of a successful security breach. It’s a continually evolving cat-and-mouse game.
Patching holes alone, is not a strategy. An active strategic security plan is integral to a business’s success and security protection, and one that must be adopted by CEO’s and board members down.
With a solid strategy in place, enterprises of all sizes can respond quickly to threats or breaches. It ensures minimal risk to reputation or costly system downtime.
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