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Dispelling the myths of future networks

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11 July 2017

Global Services

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Digital transformation might be a priority for businesses, but CIOs implementing a digital transformation strategy are facing new technology challenges and choices. Migrating to new platforms such as cloud, supporting global connectivity including mobile platforms, and securely managing and making sense of the ever-increasing amount of data, all need their focus.

Delivering for a digital business

CIOs know their organisations need more flexibility and agility to succeed and are already taking advantage of cloud-based IT services and applications. But they are struggling to get their infrastructure to deliver the rapid response, easy collaboration and constant innovation the digital business needs.

Future network technologies offer a new way to build and manage networks that are fit for the digital age - more flexible, affordable, easier to manage and secure.

Yet the journey to building a network infrastructure that will support today and tomorrow’s cloud business applications is complex one. 

How do you get from where you are now to where you want to be?

There are a range of new technologies being talked about – hybrid networking, Virtual CPE, SD-WAN, NFV and SDN, but plenty of myths as well. Even the very definitions of some of these terms aren’t well understood.

And then there’s the questions they raise. Do you really know what applications you are running? Do you understand the policies and regulatory regimes you need to operate under? Do you know how to secure your data and your usage of it?

Four steps to future networking

I believe there are some fundamental steps that businesses should be taking today to help optimise and transform your network to meet your challenges – today and in the future.

1. Hybrid networking

One of the first steps you can take is to adopt a strategy to move towards a hybrid networking environment - blending quality of service bandwidth with internet bandwidth.  With the demand and growth in bandwidth consumption, the most cost effective way of achieving this is to expand the capability in a hybrid fashion.

2. Cloud Connect access

Cloud is here and its centre stage. Today nearly every organisation is gaining advantages from cloud services. Seize the opportunity to implement quicker and realise the benefits for your organisation faster than ever before.

3. SD-WAN

In today’s world the amount of data moving around the network is just growing and growing. The lines between business and personal are blurring. We've all got multiple devices and use them to connect to applications wherever we are. That's putting a strain on networks.

If your organisation is struggling to get critical applications performing at their best, it’s likely you’re not getting the most out of your network. an SD WAN solution could simplify current, complex, multiple appliance based locations with a simpler, lightweight feature rich solution.

4. A Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) strategy

NFV is something that you should be thinking about and planning for now. At BT, we’re already a significant way down the road of delivering on the promise of NFV/SDN & SD-WAN with our Dynamic Network Services. For example, with our Cloud of Clouds strategy, we’ve provided cloud acceleration and cloud security — giving customers a speedy, secure connection to their cloud apps.

It’s a complex journey, but future networks can enable CIOs to extend all the flexibility and agility of the cloud to their global communications infrastructure, and build a business that can flourish in the digital age.

Find out more about the myths the surround future networks in our new white paper, Dispelling the myths: future networks.