Can Your Infrastructure Keep Up With Ever-Increasing Demands?

Business users today put considerable pressure on their company’s IT infrastructure. Besides supporting daily operations like email, communication and collaboration platforms, enterprises are also putting in place new and emerging technologies that are vying for infrastructure support as well. With all of these demands coming from departments across the organization, can the existing infrastructure keep up?

And what happens when IT resources fall short of current requirements? Without the necessary network support, the performance of critical applications can suffer, creating additional problems like reductions in productivity.

This is a trend that’s taking place in nearly every industry sector. But what, exactly, is causing the rise in IT infrastructure demands, and how can businesses ensure that they’re poised to keep up?

The cloud is king

When it comes to infrastructure resources, a majority of today’s businesses leverage their support to ensure access to the cloud. Nearly every organization currently uses the cloud in some capacity, and adoption will only continue to increase. However, the cloud requires a robust network, or performance of these environments can suffer considerably.

“To make full use of cloud-based services, enterprises not only need dynamic services, but they also require dynamic networks and operations,” Network Computing contributor Brendan Ziolo wrote.

A whole host of mission-critical enterprise processes require IT infrastructure support.
A whole host of mission-critical enterprise processes requires IT infrastructure support.

More applications than ever

In today’s corporate sector, users leverage more applications than ever to complete daily tasks. From communication applications to database access, project curators and presentation platforms, businesses have more apps in place than they likely need.

In fact, a study from Capgemini discovered that the vast majority of CIOs – 73 percent – think that around one-fifth of their applications provide the same functions to users, and should therefore be consolidated.

Compounding this problem is the issue of shadow IT, where users leverage applications or cloud resources that have not been approved by network administrators. This can create security problems, in addition to putting added stress on the company’s infrastructure. Shadow IT is also in increasing challenge – CIO Insight found that 81 percent of users had admitted utilizing unapproved applications.

Increasing data across the board

“90 percent of data in existence today was created in the last two years.”

In addition to rising needs for cloud and application support, these platforms are also dealing with more data than ever. According to statistics from Vouchercloud, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each and every day. What’s more, 90 percent of data in existence today was created in the last two years. As these numbers continue to rise and organizations seek to leverage this information within their applications and for big data analysis, it will put even more stress on already-strained IT infrastructure.

The solution: Visibility and granular management

It’s clear that the issue of rising IT demands will not go away anytime soon. Therefore, businesses must ensure that they have the visibility and granular management needed to effectively control the use of their IT resources. In this way, infrastructure support is prioritized, ensuring that resources aren’t wasted on operations that are not mission-critical.

The most ideal solution here is SD-WAN technology, which can provide an in-depth look into network activities taking place at each company office, as well as into the data center and every associated cloud environment. With an SD-WAN solution, the company’s IT team can create specialized protocols to direct traffic across the network, ensuring that data packets connected with important applications and processes take the best possible path.

What’s more, an SD-WAN solution can offer the level of visibility and control needed to prevent and eliminate Shadow IT. Because the technology inspects and routes every data packet according to the IT team’s protocols, support is only provided to approved applications and cloud platforms.

To find out more about how an SD-WAN solution can help your organization address its IT infrastructure needs, contact Talari Networks for a custom demonstration of our industry-leading technology today.

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Application Performance/Application Quality, IT Challenges, Network Reliability, Business Agility