In a recent Innovation blog, I discussed the genesis of Borderless Networks at Cisco and traced the path of technology advances that have served this vision over the last year. To offer another perspective on trends affecting today’s networks, I’d like to point readers to an Infonetics Research whitepaper on Borderless Networks.
Infonetics begins by citing some key “mistakes” being made by organizations looking to take best advantage of the rapid technological changes that are transforming the face of communications and collaboration. Network designers who react to each change or new requirement by adding new equipment and services in a piecemeal approach are struggling to keep pace. Network operators who are faced with testing, deploying, and managing a growing base of networking devices and users are unable to take advantage of the operational economies of consolidated systems, consistent services, and central policies. Network planners who have limited visibility and control over network conditions – present and future – face significant challenges in meeting onrushing IT and business demands.