There are times in our lives when good enough works just fine.
For example, a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle is good enough to get you from point A to B, but not for driving on the Autobahn. (I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a Porche 911.)
And a 19-inch tube TV is certainly good enough for watching reruns of “Magnum P.I.,” but not for watching the big game. (I’d go for a 50-inch LED HD flatscreen TV, thank you very much.)
The same goes for the network. Good enough is fine for the network if all you need to do is send a few emails or watch an occasional video.
But a good-enough network isn’t good enough for…
- video…when 91% of global Internet traffic will be Internet video by 2013.
- a mobile workforce… when 60% of employees believe they don’t need to be in the office to be productive and efficient.
- downtime…when large businesses lose an average of 3.6% in annual revenue due to network downtime each year.
- cloud…when 8 of 10 IT managers plan to use public or private cloud services over the next three years.
- virtualization…when by 20% of enterprise workers will use virtual desktops by 2014.
The network is more important today than at any time in history. And while a good-enough network optimized for capex reductions may sound like a better deal, over the long run, the cheaper option isn’t always the least expensive. In fact, trading capex for innovation and capability is rarely a smart business decision.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be addressing all Seven Myths of the Good Enough Network that all Cisco partners and customers should know.
- Application and Endpoint Ignorant Myth
- Basic QoS Myth
- Single Purpose Myth
- Basic Warranty Myth
- Security as a Bolt-On Myth
- Acquisition Cost Myth
- Just Look for Standards Myth
What are some of the good-enough scenarios that you can think of? And what are things you just won’t compromise on? (Hopefully your network is better than “good enough.”)