Costa Koutakis
Costa Koutakis Executive Head: Enterprise

CEOs should always keep a keen eye on network trends as they may reshape their organisation’s digital structure.

Network trends that will reshape your enterprise

We kept a close eye on a few technologies last year, but they seem ripe for adoption in the latter part of 2018. These technologies include software-defined networking, hybrid cloud computing and hyper-convergence.

SaaS evolution

Last year we mentioned that a software-defined network will be a must-have connectivity solution. Businesses will have to focus their attention on accelerating digital transformation initiatives and use Software as a Service (SaaS) to do so. Businesses plan to use SaaS to ensure that non-core focus areas run optimally so they can advance their capability elsewhere, like perfecting their CRMs.

Hyper-convergence

Another reason enterprises are making the move to using software-defined systems is to achieve greater agility, easier provisioning and lower administrative costs – something they struggled with previously on legacy systems. Hyper-converged systems combine storage, compute and network functionality in a single virtualised solution.

Multiple devices or data points can be clustered to create pools of shared compute and storage resources. It's designed this way for convenient consumption. Companies can start off small and grow their resources when needed. The use of commodity hardware, supported by a single vendor, yields an infrastructure that's designed to be more flexible and straightforward to manage than traditional enterprise storage infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud

More businesses are opting for hybrid cloud solutions. Some enterprises struggle to fully transition to the cloud. With a hybrid cloud approach, these companies can transition at their own pace with less risk and at a lower cost.

"Flexibility is key, in terms of resource availability, securing applications and data, and collating a variety of platforms. This means that companies should think more broadly than cloud-first or cloud-only strategies," states Dimension Data in this article.

As customers become more comfortable with these services and costs, increased migrations to external providers are conducted through interconnect services. It’s an emerging trend to use a partner ecosystem to enable an agile infrastructure.

Future focus

In future, businesses must focus on optimising capacity and guard against using applications that are paid for but not used – something that can be found in existing on-premise data centres and in the cloud. Partner with us so you can move away from this. We ensure that capacity, utilisation and density are appropriately configured for all our IT solutions, while delivering optimal availability.

The pace of technological change is relentless, but there is a way to keep your business informed about network trends that can reshape your business – all you have to do is read our IT trends report.

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