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Nine Top Enterprise Network Trends

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-16-2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Focusing on Optimization
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    Focusing on Optimization

    As organizations turn to public network services, providers don't always deliver what's promised. To fill in gaps, tech teams must turn to rack-and-stack tools for optimization of WAN and Internet connectivity.
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    Deploying DCIM
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    Deploying DCIM

    "DCIM" stands for data center infrastructure management. It helps assess whether the network has room for data growth, as well as take greater advantage of connection options among your systems.
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    Moving Toward Segmentation
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    Moving Toward Segmentation

    In light of mobility and BYOD, IT departments are breaking large networks into smaller pieces to increase access control.
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    Reinventing the Data Center
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    Reinventing the Data Center

    Because of virtualization, CIOs can't build data centers the way they did even five years ago, as the building blocks of enterprise apps have changed and flatter, faster models are needed.
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    Adopting Non-Blocking Switching Architectures
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    Adopting Non-Blocking Switching Architectures

    Today's devices and storage systems require staggering speed, so non-blocking switching architectures prove critical for predictable app performance and user satisfaction.
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    Exploring Software-Defined Networking
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    Exploring Software-Defined Networking

    By allowing network admins to shape traffic and deploy services to address changing business needs, CIOs are increasing service availability and agility while reducing expenses.
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    Transitioning to IPv6
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    Transitioning to IPv6

    With the Internet of Things connecting hundreds of millions of new devices onto the network, CIOs are increasingly finding that the only practical option for connectivity is the 128-bit IPv6 address.
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    Embracing the New Standard of Wireless Networking
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    Embracing the New Standard of Wireless Networking

    That would be the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which promises deliver data transmission rates that could double that of prior networks.
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    Buying into Web-Scale IT
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    Buying into Web-Scale IT

    By emulating the architectures, processes and practices of the large cloud providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, enterprises can recreate their capabilities within the enterprise. By 2017, web-scale IT will be operating in one-half of organizations, according to Gartner.
 

If you take a step back to think about it, isn't it mind-boggling the wealth of organizational functions for which the IT network plays a critical, if not the critical, role? In fact, the network has emerged as such as given, that stakeholders and users—the marketing teams launching product campaigns, the HR managers assessing hundreds of job candidates, the accounting department employees scrutinizing travel expense forms, and so on—probably take optimal performance for granted. As the CIO, of course, you can't take anything about network performance for granted. And that is why you need to stay on top of emerging tech developments that can significantly boost the way your tech employees provide network support, while saving dramatically on operating and hardware costs. To lend further insight, we're presenting the following nine top IT network trends. They are adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by CDW and CommScope, addressing the impact of virtualization, IPv6, the Internet of Things, mobility and other driving influencers. For more about CDW's trend report, click here.  For more about CommScope's, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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