Automating your network (aka ‘doing more, with less…’)
I’m often asked about ‘Digital Transformation’ and what it means. So while there are many ways to define it, there is one universal truth - that many organisations operating in the digital economy now have to react to change and innovate faster than ever before.
Equally, during these conversations, I’m struck by the extent to which the online economy continues to exert pressure across every aspect of the business, forcing change on almost every level. And fuelling this change, in an always connected/always available world, is sky-high customer expectation, meaning that today’s commercial imperative is not only focused on keeping up with market forces, but finding ways to stay ahead of them.
So when looking across this new economic landscape and the many opportunities it presents, it’s clear the entire organisation has to evolve with it. Businesses need to act and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions and the challenges they bring. And whether it’s an enterprise or SMB, a public sector organisation or service provider, transforming into a fast-moving digital business is a journey many organisations have already begun, while many have yet to start.
The time of SDN/NFV hype is past. Sure, you will still come across exaggerated claims that the cure to all your networking challenges is just a click away but the nature of the conversation has fundamentally changed. It's now grounded in fact; no longer does it reside in that other virtual world - namely PowerPoint. It's now a regular occurrence to hear of a service provider publishing news of a virtualisation strategy or an agreement to embark on a trial.
Chaos is often the friend of store owners - it generates hype, a frenzy, free publicity, all of which can lead to more sales. And what's more, their customers are often willing to put up with this inconvenience if they percieve they get a better deal. But that doesn't translate to networks. Customers want assured access and reliable services whilst service providers want to manage demand in an orderly way. In this blog I contrast the chaos of Black Friday with the order desired by network providers and look at an approach to adopting virtualisation as a means of restoring order.