Should You Shape Your Network in the Age of Cloud, Mobility, and
We know that the rise in mobility, cloud, and Big Data is changing
business. But how, specifically, is it altering business network needs?
And how must businesses adapt to be successful in this continually
To answer these questions, we turned to the experts — IT business
decision-makers like yourself — to evaluate the changing needs of U.S.
enterprises. A 2012
Forrester study, “Building for the Next Billion: What the New
World of Business Means for the Network,” explores the answers of 150
IT professionals and finds that networks must be refreshed to allow
scalability, programmability, and simplicity — the keys to business
longevity and future success.
We break down the Forrester findings in our infographic “Building for
the Future” and look at the three important drivers of network change:
respondents say that networks will need to scale to business
cycles, interweaving internal infrastructures and outside resources.
The ideal network, IT pros say, is easy to manage, more flexible and
predictable, and more responsive to business.
that previously scaled a limited known set of variables,
such as IT-dedicated desktops, operating systems, and applications,
must now scale to support a billion types of unique connections and
services — with diverse locations, operating systems, and data
sensitivity. Survey respondents say the most important IT priorities
regarding mobility over the next 12 months are expanding the use of
mobile and tablet apps for employees, customers, and business partners;
upgrading security environments; and increasing business intelligence
tools and services.
infrastructures will need to be able to collect infinite
amounts of data, process it, and place it back in the right hands.
Survey respondents say they need to increase storage because there are
more services and more data to manage; they need to capture more data
to make better business decisions; and the growth in their businesses
produces more data.
Take a look
at our infographic and learn more about what IT
professionals are saying about scalability, programmability, and
simplicity of the network, and why these attributes are so important.
What other factors do think are driving the need for changes to the
solutions are you using to adapt?
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