Why You Need to Build an Agile Enterprise Network
The world of technology is incredibly fast-paced, with new devices, applications, and the constant stream of data – there’s a lot to account for when managing the network. Staying agile to support consumers, employees, and the business itself requires proper planning, monitoring, and maintenance. How does one stay ahead of the future when… no one knows what the future will hold?
Before we tackle that existential quandary, you may be asking, what is network agility anyway? Having an agile network means that, typically through continuous monitoring and management, the infrastructure of the network is ready to respond to the needs of the business, which could mean addressing growing network congestion or preparing for a new application rollout.
Gain a Competitive Edge with Network Agility
It’s almost impossible to ignore the accelerated sprint towards digital transformation. The network must not be ignored when evaluating what must be optimized or overhauled during this time. NetOps teams saddled with legacy systems and disparate tools will find the network unable to support the latest technological advancements, including the growing number of cloud applications, mobile users, and connected devices.
Driving a digital business is not easy, the need to adapt and change is a core principle of the digital transformation. Preparing your network to move with the business if you plan on staying relevant in your industry. Here are a few examples of flexible and customizable environments that one could consider:
Hybrid Cloud Environment
If you’re in the market for an agile network environment, a hybrid cloud model may be the right fit for your enterprise. This model can be incredibly customizable and adaptable for a modern enterprise. Adopting a hybrid cloud model means that you are using a combination of public and private cloud with on-premises datacenters. There are many advantages to this including:
- Scalability: the sky is (basically) the limits here due to on-demand cloud resources
- Cost-Savings: immediate cost-savings when it comes to the lack of equipment and hardware needed to purchase vs an on-premises datacenter
- Reliability: services are spread across multiple data centers, providing a more reliable infrastructure
However, the hybrid cloud does not come without its downfalls. Securing a hybrid environment can come with its own challenges for an enterprise NetOps team. While you will see an immediate cost-savings benefit, as you grow and scale, be ready to reevaluate the budget as it will become more expensive to maintain.
Are you looking for a hyper-agile environment that can centralize and simplify enterprise network management? A main benefit to software-defined networking (SDN) is that it creates a centralized framework to support data-heavy applications. These are a few common benefits one would find from an SDN:
- Lower Operations and Hardware Costs: SDN makes it easier to consolidate and optimize old hardware. Improving efficiency and utilization should reduce an overhead cost for tech operations.
- Centralized Security: utilizing an SDN Controller, one can create a central point of control to distribute policies throughout the enterprise (this however has a downside as it can a central point of attack)
- Holistic Management: with the benefit of added control IT leaders can experiment with network configuration without impacting the enterprise.
Don’t be surprised that this is also not a perfect solution, an SDN also has drawbacks. In addition to the disadvantage of a centralized security control
Ready to Ditch Your Legacy Technology?
Is your business feeling trapped by a rigid, traditional network that can no longer support the needs of your customers? Implementing an agile, customizable, and agnostic network management platform can give you the insight, data, and support that you need. Empower your network team with a solution that will enable them to prepare, ensure, and support a successful launch of new applications, rollouts, and other business-critical technologies.
LiveNX offers the ability to gather and analyze volumes of network data at scale from every device, application, and user to reduce mean time to repair, and it performs exploratory and explanatory analysis. Want to learn more? Reach out to our team of experts for a guided tour of our premier products.