How IT Leaders Can Cope With Network Sprawl

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-14-2016 Email

Ninety-two percent of IT professionals surveyed said that adopting cloud technologies is important to their organization's long-term business success, according to a survey by SolarWinds, an IT software firm. Yet 60 percent of the respondents said it is unlikely that their entire infrastructure will ever be migrated to the cloud. Thus, hybrid IT—in which some applications and infrastructure remain on-premise, while others are transitioned to the cloud—is the reality for the foreseeable future. This has led to a new IT management phenomenon: network sprawl. Network sprawl occurs when the number of networks an organization relies on grows unchecked as more infrastructure moves to the cloud, and business units implement more software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. The worst effect of network sprawl is having cloud-based applications with neither visibility into, nor authority over, the apps and the cloud service vendor's networks that support them, yet still being responsible for overall performance. While WAN, cloud and SaaS vendors will never hand over control of their networks to someone else, there are ways to combat the effects of network sprawl. Here are nine tips from Patrick Hubbard, Solarwinds' head geek and technical product marketing director.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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