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STOP Adding Complexity to Outdated Networks and Rethink Your Network Strategy!

by Gilles ‎12-01-2011 03:51 AM - edited ‎12-14-2011 05:39 AM

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In my previous blog I set out how smartphones and tablets – and more generally mobility – are changing the networking landscape. Let me now discuss with you the steps that need to be taken in order to make your network “BYOD proofed”.


There are three key things that actually matter and you must consider:


  1. Resilient and ubiquitous wireless
  2. Security for your users, irrespective of the device
  3. Overall network simplification

You should not be looking at changing everything – for instance everything going wireless, but you have to think about an architecture simplifying your network, making it secure and driving the costs down. In other words;


  • it should be simple for your employees to choose and change their devices
  • it should be simple for them to securely access your business applications
  • it should be simple for you to provision one single policy per user that works on everything
  • and finally the whole network itself should be simpler to manage

Fundamentally this requires a new network approach where wireless is the primary access method and where there are fewer wires to manage in the wire line network.


There are four steps to get you there:


  1. As devices and services change, the business network should be able to offer the same, easy method of secure access. A simple single client which works on all types of devices will provide a fast and secure method for enabling new devices with no extra work.

  2. In the same way that you might consider migrating from a packaged software application to the cloud or software as a service, voice and video applications may not be far behind. Since it is not possible to predict what new and useful applications will enter your business network, it is prudent to build a network which supports anything your business might want to adopt.

  3. The Wi-Fi networks deployed in buildings today were meant for casual wireless use, but they are now becoming the primary ramp-on to the business network. Furthermore employees and guests expect the same experience on wireless as they have experienced with wired Ethernet. As more devices and people rely on this network, the expectations and need for the wireless network to perform in order to deliver a solid application experience continue to rise.

  4. As you migrate to a mostly wireless network, it represents the tip of the wired network iceberg, where the bulk of both capital and operating cost still reside. The best way to ensure this network is future proofed for reliability, performance, and security is to simplify the architecture and software stack of the network. This shift presents an opportunity to streamline and simplify your wired network. This migration combines an appropriate mix of wireless and wired access with a reduction in the complexity and footprint of the wired network to improve performance and reduce operational cost and risk.


In summary, it is the time to stop adding layers of complexity to outdated networks. Taking the path of rethinking and challenging your network by applying these four key steps will help you to become a true productivity enabler, giving your users device freedom and increasing their overall satisfaction, while ensuring network performance along with the control, economics, and simplification IT departments need. Doesn’t it sound like a very compelling approach and an unique opportunity for you to become a key contributor to your company future success?


So the question you have to ask yourself is not about embracing or not these changes, I think the answer here is obvious. It is rather about how quick you can execute them and how long it will take you to make your network supporting this ever increasing pressure and demand. The clock is against you, and if you did not start yet to consider this inescapable rethinking, believe me, you should do it without further delay.


It is the time to build networks for a mobile workforce!


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