Say you were on an advisory board for a city where population growth, traffic congestion, and demand for services (ambulances, police, & firefighters) presented major challenges, what actions would you suggest the city to take? Similarly, say you were managing IT operations for your company, what actions would you put in place to respond to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and the potential impact on your network as users flood it with tons of iPads, Ultrabooks and other personal devices?
Before you rush out of the door to take action, you may want to ask yourself two questions:
- Is my action plan going to deliver a consistent and high quality user experience?
- Is my action plan sustainable, given the demand, available IT headcount and budgetary resources?
Two of my favorite geeks are presenting a workshop today on Bringing the Cloud to your Remote Offices. Jimmy Ray is hosting his ‘brother from another mother’ (as we fondly refer to him) Matt Bolick. Matt first blew our doors off back in 2009 as we featured the then new ISR G2 in our ‘Routers are Dead…Long Live the Router show (now retired). Well, Matt was a featured guest recently on another big show we did, the Cisco Cloud Intelligent Network. You can see Matt’s segment on Application Visibility and Control from that show right now as a great pre-study for the workshop above. I also recommend our recent ‘Fundamentals of the Cloud Services Router’ as a secondary study resource. Matt was instrumental in our writing and creation of this tool as well and I think you will find it valuable.
Heres the thing -- The Cloud and the Network are very co-dependent. The network is poised for incredible leaps of intelligence now more than ever with this pressure from cloud implementations being quick to reveal weakness. I have even heard where the WAN has been re-defined as “Weak Area Network.” Why? Poor performance, inadequate security, lack of visibility and complex management, just to name a few An intelligent network endows the WAN with the efficiency of cloud and and the confidence of a private network.
A recently posted survey found that 8 in 10 businesses are using cloud in some capacity and more than half of businesses plan to increase their investment in cloud in 2012. As businesses are making the transition to rolling out their cloud deployments, they’re facing challenges of connecting branch offices and other remote locations.
If your organization has started rolling out cloud -- how have you handled it? Are you facing difficulties with connecting your remote offices to provide a seamless end-user experience? Does your company have deep visibility into application behavior and the right insights to enable accurate capacity planning?
How does an intelligent network affect you? Do you care how you’re able to read this blog post as long as it is delivered efficiently and loads quickly? Let’s dive deeper. As you consume information available on the World Wide Web, use the various enterprise apps at work, and browse training videos, do you ever wonder about how the content is delivered to you? Think about the various technologies and network services that may have impacted how this blog was delivered to you and the path it took from the app server to your laptop, iPhone, Blackberry, android phone, or tablet.