In a recent report Aberdeen analyses how new networking technologies and trends transforming the way organizations monitor, manage, and deploy their networks.
Catching the Next Networking Wave
The World of Software Defined and Virtual Networks
Today networks are experiencing massive transformations, thanks to new technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), cloud computing, mobile and other trends. As these technologies continue to evolve the next generation network will be on a whole new level.
As shown in the Aberdeen report, SDN: Do Believe the Hype, Software Defined Networking is gaining momentum in corporate networks with:
- 13% of all organizations having already implemented SDN
- 18% planning to do so in the next year
While much of this implementation is still in the early adoption phase, these numbers are still significant given how much of a game changer SDN is. The technology has the ability to convert networks from static, rigidly structured processes, to free flowing and dynamic platforms that respond to the needs of any user, service or data packet.
SDN isn’t the only technology altering networks. For example, the rise of virtual LANs is doing for networks what traditional virtualization did for servers. Virtual LANs make it possible to quickly create and deploy custom networks to meet any business or user need. Aberdeen’s data shows that virtual LAN implementation is already widespread, with:
- 53% of all organizations already deploying virtual LANs
- 13% planning to do so next year
Many businesses are leveraging the capabilities that virtual LANs bring for improved security, more flexible access controls and increased business agility. Also, with other new IT technologies rising in prominence, from cloud computing to social collaborations to the Internet of Things (IoT) to increased reliance on mobile devices, the network of the future is taking a distinct turn away from its predecessors.
However, as these new and disruptive technologies are adopted by businesses, they add to the complexity of managing company networks, putting increased strain on network resources and stretching old-school networks beyond their capabilities.
As seen in Figure 1 above, organizations are finding that their old-school network infrastructure is increasingly unable to stand up to the needs of the modern business.
Surfing to a Successful Network Infrastructure
Leading organizations are able to get away from old-school approaches to networks and bring their network management strategies into the modern age with new technologies and processes.
They were also able to more effectively utilize traditional network monitoring and management strategies in a way that is updated to meet the challenges of today.
Key to this success was how these businesses ensured that they had deep visibility into their network activity and that the right configurations were put in place for high performance and reliability.
With this deep visibility, these companies can deploy effective reporting capabilities that can be shared with all business stakeholders and answer any questions about the network. Also, with extensive monitoring and improved management capabilities, these organizations can find any potential issues before they impact the business.
In Figure 2 above, we see that organizations that are Leaders in network performance and reliability implement deep, end-to-end network monitoring.
Aberdeen research has shown that these top performing companies have an average of 32% of their end-users being very or extremely satisfied, compared to only 14% of other organizations.
Table 1, shows that Leaders in enterprise network performance and reliability achieve a number of key benefits through their improved network visibility, monitoring and management capabilities.
As we’ve seen from this report, having the right strategies, capabilities and processes in place provides a number of key benefits to those organizations that build high-performance and flexible networks with deep visibility into network usage.
Networking technology is changing rapidly, and these disruptive and emerging technologies are bringing both opportunities and increased challenges. Trends like SDN and virtualization will change not only how networks are deployed and managed, but also how business is conducted. To leverage this next wave of networking technology and ride it into the future, businesses should:
- Learn about new technologies and how they will impact your IT infrastructure.
Smart organizations work to gain an understanding of emerging trends in order to figure out how they could impact their business and then work to streamline deployment when the decision is made to implement.
- Find out how new products are evolving to leverage new networking technologies.
Find out how far along those who provide your networking infrastructure are in implementing these emerging technologies and planning on how to best deploy these systems to upgrade your networking infrastructure.
- Implement end-to-end monitoring and visibility into your network.
Extensive knowledge of network performance and activity, especially when it comes to how end-users experience the network and the services that run on it, is key to becoming a networking Leader who can leverage the latest technologies.
- Don’t wipe out with an old networking infrastructure.
Successful networking companies understand that new products and technologies can boost productivity and improve revenues so it’s no surprise that they take advantage of the competitive advantage of these technologies.
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