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Rapid digitisation is asking new questions of networks. Now that businesses have had several years to build, operate, and perfect remotely-accessed digital solutions, many are finding the public internet is not always ideal - especially for critical apps that require heightened privacy protocols, better bandwidth and latency.In this Executive Brief by Frost & Sullivan, we explore some of the pitfalls of the public internet, which, while good enough for accessing basic business applications, lacks the consistency, predictability, and privacy requirements of today’s mission-critical applications that transfer more sensitive data.Download the PDF below to discover: Why the rush to digitalise employee and customer interactions meant migrating to cloud-native applications How direct connections with hyperscalers is bridging the chasm between network flexibility and security The options available to businesses wanting to retain public-network flexibility but with a private network’s leve
One of the key benefits of the Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) approach is the level of control network service providers can pass on to their enterprise customers and partners. Let’s look at the role that hyperautomation is playing in the provisioning and management of networks...WHAT IS HYPERAUTOMATION?Hyperautomation is the latest industry buzzword used to describe the application of multiple advanced technologies, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), in order to automate and augment more processes.Gartner has included hyperautomation among its top strategic trends for 2022, describing it as “a business-driven approach to identify, vet and automate as many business and IT processes as possible. It requires the orchestrated use of multiple technologies tools and platforms, including RPA, low-code platforms and process mining tools.”Digital transformation is one of the main drivers of hyperautomation, which is expected to help o
Just as the cloud has enabled a highly customisable, subscription-based approach to almost everything consumers and businesses seek to consume, organisations are viewing the network as the next logical step for a consumption-based approach.The recently released Deloitte 2022 Technology Industry Outlook looks at how leaders across all industries are embracing service-based IT - delivered via cloud - for increased agility, new capabilities, and better management of capacity and costs.We’ve seen changing demands in both the workforce and IT spurred by the pandemic, accelerating digital transformation and the shift to service-based consumption. Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and Platform-as-a-Service will continue to gain popularity as a way for businesses to provide integrated services to their hybrid workforces.What’s more, Deloitte says, is that leaders view Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) as critical to their digital transformation and key to creating new solutions
As we move into 2022 and we discover how industry commentators’ predictions for the coming year bear out, the continued and dizzying growth of cloud services is high on the agenda.Here, we take a deeper look at how businesses are utilising the cloud and what impact this is having on global IT spend. We’d love to know how the reality of 2022 shaped up to what you expected at the start of the year.THE COVID ‘BLIP’ IN CLOUD GROWTHThe last 12 months or so have been a bit of a blip that has seen the major cloud providers return to crazy quarterly growth after several quarters of the strong but slowing growth you would expect from a maturing market.AWS, for example, reported a quarterly jump of 39% in Q3 20212 and is now on track for a $60bn annual run rate, cementing its position as the biggest, fastest growing company ever.This return to stellar growth, not just for Amazon but for Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and all the other usual cloud suspects, has come about in consequence to the pa
Bandwidth demands per enterprise site continue to skyrocket, while additional pressure has been added to the WAN in the wake of the pandemic and shift to remote working, moving demand from well-connected offices to a scattering of disparate locations.Yet, while WAN bandwidth demands are increasing by orders of magnitude every year, budgets rarely keep pace and significant numbers of those ‘better connected’ branch locations experience network congestion during peak hours.In this discussion, we take a closer look at some of the benefits and challenges of implementing Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN). MPLS AND SD-WAN WORK TOGETHERMPLS has long been the backbone of the enterprise WAN, but can be a big investment and as a result, businesses are often under-provisioned on this front.As a compromise, organisations are increasingly relying more on cheaper public internet links to close the connectivity gap. But the compromise in this case is what is gain
The buzz from the COP26 climate conference which took place in Glasgow in November can still be heard, and it’s no small wonder that IT infrastructure – in particular the cloud and data centre sector - featured as a prominent part of the conversation.Let’s take a look at some of the steps being taken by cloud providers and data centre operators to build towards a more sustainable future. We’d love to hear the steps that are most important to you to meet these challenges.A CHALLENGE OF HYPERSCALE PROPORTIONSThe explosive adoption of public cloud and data centre infrastructure shows no signs of slowing down with facilities reaching occupancy saturation almost as fast as they can be built. The world of business is hungry for services, storage, and computing power, and in turn those sheds full of servers are hungry for energy.It should come as no surprise that the data centre is one of the largest contributors to enterprise carbon emissions today.In fact, for many it is the largest and wil
Enterprise adoption of what has become known as Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) is being spurred by several factors, not least of which is the ‘technical hangover’ exposed by the global pandemic.The consumerisation of IT, the shift from capex to opex consumption of enterprise services, and the need to respond to changing market dynamics quickly, are all creating the perfect storm for NaaS adoption. Here are some of our thoughts on how and why, and we’d love to hear your thoughts below.AS-A-SERVICE ADOPTION SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWINGAccording to research firm IDC, the shift to cloud-centric infrastructure is accelerating. By the end of 2021, based on lessons learned, 80% of enterprises will put a mechanism in place to shift to cloud-centric infrastructure and applications twice as fast as before the pandemic to make the organisation more digitally resilient.As a result, more than 75% of infrastructure in edge locations and up to 50% of data centre infrastructure will be consumed as-a-Service
The almost wholesale shift of enterprise workloads into the public cloud have cemented the appeal of greater business flexibility and agility through on-demand consumption of services (X-as-a-Service) and pay-as-you-go pricing.But bridging the connectivity gap between the enterprise network and the cloud is a complex process and one where one size does not fit all.In this discussion we look at how enterprises can get maximum value from their cloud assets through a mix of different connectivity types and a way of managing those connections with an ease and efficiency that mimics the cloud instances themselves.Anything we haven’t addressed here? We’d love to hear you thoughts below.PUBLIC INTERNET CANNOT OPTIMISE CLOUD VALUECloud applications can be, and historically have been, reached via the public internet. But while it’s clear that the public internet is a convenient and affordable way to deliver access to a large number of people quickly, it does not meet increasingly stringent requ
Networks aren’t just getting bigger, they’re also becoming more congested and more complex.There are a lot of new considerations for CIOs as they attempt to build fast, secure and reliable networks that can meet all the demands of their business. In this article, we look at some of the common challenges facing enterprises and explore how a more agile networking model can help.What are your thoughts on how to ensure a resilient network? Let us know and get involved in the discussion below.1. NETWORK PERFORMANCEWhen it comes to network performance, bandwidth usage is an essential consideration for any CIO – and unfortunately it is becoming harder than ever before to estimate the bandwidth usage of your business.There are a number of contributing factors here.For a start, the sheer number of devices with access to the corporate network is higher than ever before. Employees carry multiple devices with them and expect to be able to access some or all of their corporate systems from personal
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