Digital transformation is an ongoing business priority. It brings greater transparency, deeper business insights, and improved customer, uses, and administrator experiences. But achieving digital transformation isn’t possible without a modern network at its core.
What’s the value of network transformation? Research shows that a modern network, including automation and advanced networking infrastructure can reduce network total cost of ownership (TCO) by 50%. Further, it can increase workforce productivity by 30% and reduce the time IT spends on manual tasks by 82%. These cost savings augment the digital transformation budget.
The benefits of a modern approach to networking extend across the enterprise. Consider these top digital transformation priorities and how an advanced networking approach can better enable them:
Cloud Adoption and Optimization
Businesses worldwide are harnessing the power of cloud services to grow and prosper. But the rapidity of cloud adoption often leads to greater IT complexity and heightens the risk of cyberattack. A modern network, therefore, must be streamlined and secure from end to end as part of a cloud-first world. The strength of a wide area network (WAN) can make or break digital transformation efforts. The latest WAN architectures support business applications that can be hosted and accessed from anywhere, by anyone authorized to use them, from any device.
Empowering Modern Apps, AI, and Automation
High performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), real-time analytics, automation genomic, and other advanced research: These are just a few of the powerful new applications that are revolutionizing the business world. Just as they need ultra-powerful processors, these applications require the very best of networking if they are to effectively support a growing number of locations, users, and devices.
Legacy architectures based on traditional routers and MPLS circuits, though, are unable to support modern applications. Enterprises need an intelligent, application-aware Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) that spans locations of any size to deliver a consistent quality of experience and enough performance to support even the most demanding applications. The latest network tools and platforms are capable to reducing latency by 90%. They provide the networking speed and capacity demanded by modern applications.
Networks today are more complex than ever. As well as internal ethernet and wireless networks, many modern organizations are composed of a labyrinth of SD-WANs, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) deployments, virtual private networks (VPNs), remote users, edge data centers, branch offices, geographically distributed data centers, and more. As well as applications running on-premises, they have a public, private, and hybrid cloud presence. Many organizations, too, now utilize the services of several cloud service providers with applications and services strewn across multiple clouds. And the complexity is only going to get worse. The Ericsson Mobility Report predicted that there will be around 29 billion connected devices in the world by the end of 2022. All of these endpoints are vying for limited network resources.
No wonder IT teams are struggling to deliver consistent quality of experience. Poor application performance can mean frustrated workers and lost productivity. Network modernization plays a vital role in enhancing the user experience and reducing latency. By moving beyond sluggish MPLS-based WAN infrastructure to cloud-based networking such as the HPE EdgeConnect Enterprise SD-WAN platform, performance and availability can be dramatically improved. Such upgrades can boost workforce productivity by up to a 30%.
Network administrators are tasked with maintaining connectivity and performance throughout the enterprise, wherever users may be. That includes central offices, ROBO environments, campuses, and work-from-home or mobile users. Their networks must be robust enough to power data migration, cloud apps, and the needs of an increasingly remote workforce. They need an infrastructure that enhances data center optimization and facilitates business collaboration.
The latest unified networking platforms make the life of administrators must easier. According to studies, they can reduce manual actions and troubleshooting efforts by up to 82%. This allows them to focus on delivering value to their business instead of keeping the lights on. AI insights, for example, provide faster time to resolution of problems and can identify issues before users are even aware of a slowdown. New hires can be rapidly trained on automated network tools to ease the work burden of veteran network admins, who in turn, now have free time to mentor and apprentice the next generation of networking personnel.
The Lifecycle Approach to Networking Success
Verinext offers a lifecycle approach consisting of six steps designed to modernize networks to enable them to deliver top-notch service to the latest generation of applications. These steps include an assessment of the existing network, definition of the most appropriate networking architecture, and detailed planning on how to deploy new equipment and software. When married with proven program and project management expertise as well as a variety of managed services to support the network, Verinext represents the best way to prepare for the connected future.