Best-Of-Breed Tech: What’s All The Buzz About?

Enterprise IT leaders have numerous choices when it comes to their network solutions. They could go for an end-to-end system from a single technology provider or select the best individual components that meet their needs. In either case, the end goal is the same: to create the most robust, streamlined and reliable network possible.

In the current IT environment, the phrase “best-of-breed” gets thrown around quite a bit. However, this moniker is much more than a simple buzzword. There are several key benefits that come from a partnership with a best-of-breed solutions provider like Talari Networks. But first, it’s important that decision-makers and network administrators understand what this phrase actually means.

Best-of-breed vs. integrated systems

It’s critical that IT stakeholders can discern a best-of-breed solution from a fully integrated solution, and that they know what each type of technology means for their infrastructure.

Astraia Technology CEO David Bryant explained that a fully integrated system is a single platform, technology or database that comes from one provider. With a fully integrated solution, the enterprise only deals with a single vendor, and the technology meets all of the firm’s IT needs. There are some drawbacks to this approach, though.

“Disadvantages are that the detail functionality is often limited, customization is more difficult, and when you ultimately have to upgrade, it is a bigger exercise,” Bryant wrote. “These applications require that the software providers’ research and development spend be spread across all the integrated models, and therefore individual module functionality suffers.”

A best-of-breed approach enables enterprises to leverage the best types of solutions to create an integrated IT system. A best-of-breed approach enables enterprises to leverage the best types of solutions to create an integrated IT system.

Another, more beneficial strategy is to utilize several best-of-breed solutions that are then integrated by the company’s IT team to create a holistic, complete system. In this way, the business is able to not only select the best solution in the overall industry, but also the one that best matches its individual needs.

While this means dealing with several providers, taking a best-of-breed approach also means upgrades are much easier, and the company has a unique system that is at the top of its industry.

“Enterprises often purchase software from different vendors to obtain the best-of-breed offering for each application area,” Gartner explained.

Just because a best-of-breed approach involves pulling together different solutions from various providers, that doesn’t mean the end result is something that’s been loosely cobbled together. A true best-of-breed strategy will feature components and solutions that seamlessly integrate with one another. In this way, IT has the benefit of being able to pick the best options available from a wide variety of choices, while having the confidence that everything will work together in harmony.

Another benefit to a best-of-breed approach is the additional security businesses receive within their networks. As InformationWeek contributor Andrew Froehlich explained, organizations that are stuck in vendor lock-in are often more susceptible to a data breach or other kind of security event. When relying on a single vendor for their networking needs, these businesses are running on a uniform network architecture. If one area is compromised, it won’t take long for the other dominoes to fall. In contrast, a best-of-breed network features more compartmentalized assets, so a security incident can be isolated and addressed before it spreads. That gives businesses the peace of mind that a single breach is unlikely to compromise the entire company network.

“The IT industry is buzzing about SD-WAN solutions, especially as this market continues to see explosive growth.”

Industry buzz: The year of the SD-WAN

Best-of-breed is also associated with newer, trending technologies. Currently, the IT industry is buzzing about SD-WAN solutions, especially as this market continues to see explosive growth as more deployments are made.

“2016 is absolutely the breakout year for SD-WAN, and you could argue that the second half of 2015 was when it started,” noted Gartner research director Andrew Lerner. “SD-WAN is one of the hottest topics amongst Gartner clients, as the cost savings and simplified operational approach to managing WAN equipment is extremely compelling.”

Talari Networks’ best-of-breed SD-WAN

Organizations seeking to partner with the best-of-breed provider in this industry need look no further than Talari Networks.

Talari has been a leader in the SD-WAN space for years now, and has the expertise businesses need to create a robust, seamless and failsafe wide area network. To find out more about what makes our SD-WAN the best in the industry, contact us for a custom demonstration today.

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), IT Challenges, Network Reliability