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The Economics of Network Downtime

Infonetics Research recently released a study that claims businesses (just in North America alone) lose as much as $100 million a year due to network downtime. Let us dissect that into numbers you and I can relate to.

  • On average, businesses suffer from 14 (CA Technologies) to 87 hours (Gartner) of downtime per year.
  • A conservative estimate pegs the hourly cost of network downtime at $42,000 (Gartner).
  • The cost of unplanned downtime per minute is between $5,600 and $11,000 (Ponemon Institute).
  • MTTR (mean time to resolution) per outage, on average, is 200 minutes (ITT Process Institute).

For a quick/rough calculation of your own potential revenue lost, use this equation provided by North American International Systems (NASI).

GR = gross yearly revenue
TH = total yearly business hours
I = percentage impact
H = number of hours of outage
Service costs are rarely zero.

Most businesses associate network downtime with major events or security breaches, but such isn’t always the case. Their own employees could induce it too. For many, that was the case every September. This blog is not about a challenge, but a growth hacking opportunity (transformed from an IT challenge).  Read More »

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Networking Field Day 10 Recap – Introduction to SD-WAN and Zero Touch Deployment

Last month we had the honor of hosting the first session of Networking Field Day 10. For the unitiated, the Tech Field Day folks bring independent bloggers, speakers, and podcasters to vendors for deep-dives. The 12 delegates of #NFD10 stopped by to discuss Cisco’s approach to SD-WAN. This was a great session as SD-WAN, while pretty hot right now, is also a pretty great solution to branch automation.

Jeff Reed, VP of Network Transformation, kicked off Networking Field Day 10 to introduce Cisco’s approach to Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) for the Enterprises to the 12 delegates who attended.

Next, Sumanth Kakaraparthi, Product Manager for Platform Routing and Pedro Leonardo, Product Manager in Network Transformation for Enterprise Management and Controller started the sessions by explaining the Zero Touch Deployment model. They showcased how no physical user interaction with the device is required other than connecting the necessary cables.  Read More »

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Digital Vortex: How Not to Be the 40% That Will Fail!

VortexAt least 40% of businesses will fail at staying digitally agile.

Among 941 business leaders in 12 industries surveyed, 43% percent confirms that they “either do not acknowledge the risk of digital disruption, or have not addressed it sufficiently.” This disquieting statistic is accompanied by another finding: in each industry, four out of ten (40%) incumbents surveyed, whose market shares are dominant today, will be displaced by the digital disruption within five years (Digital Vortex, Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. June 2015). Yet, only 25% says they’re actively pursuing a solution or willing to disrupt themselves in order to stay competitive.

For further reading about this Digital Vortex study, check out my colleagues’ blog: At the Center of the Digital Vortex – Chaos, Disruption, and Opportunity.

In this blog, I’m not going to discuss the study or its methodology with you. Instead, I will talk about the one common denominator that all businesses across industries have – the WAN – the savior for those 40% at risk of being displaced. Read More »

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Verizon Becomes the First Service Provider To Offer Cisco IWAN

Verizon Becomes the First Service Provider to Offer Cisco IWAN

Today, Verizon announced a new software-defined WAN service, becoming the first global carrier to incorporate Software Defined-WAN as a key component of their managed network service offers. We are excited that Verizon has chosen Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) as the foundation for this new service, which will give Enterprise customers even more flexibility when choosing how to purchase their SD-WAN solution.

Cisco recently published an “SD-WAN Bill of Rights”, a guide designed to help you evaluate SD-WAN solutions as you prepare your WAN for digital transformation. Together, Cisco and Verizon are strengthening your ability to achieve two of these “rights”: The Right to Choose Your WAN Connectivity and The Right to Flexible Deployment Models.

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An SD-WAN Bill of Rights

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 11.23.24 AMIn my last blog post, I talked about the business outcomes customers are looking to achieve when evaluating SD-WAN solutions. However, if you are going to invest in an SD-WAN solution, it is also important to think about the trends that might impact your WAN and remote sites in the next few years. Are you prepared for trends like digital disruption or the Internet of Things (IoT), which are transforming businesses and creating new sources of competitive advantage?

Today’s leading businesses are constantly reinventing themselves to disrupt the market, and they are using the latest technology to do so. Businesses that want to accelerate their digital transformation and stay ahead of the competition need a dynamic network that enables constant reinvention, all on demand. Organizations will need fast IT capabilities that accelerate business innovation through IT simplicity and insights.

Traditional WANs have been built for static applications and are managed using multiple management tools that make it difficult for IT teams to reconfigure and troubleshoot the network when responding to business needs. Solutions for moving to hybrid WAN by augmenting your network with lower-cost connectivity like the Internet, or improving application experience and security, are a first step but still tend to be a static solution.

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