There is a debate raging in the IT industry about the role of the network.
In the same week that a gaming company’s network was hacked and the personal information of 60 million customers was leaked, there is a debate raging about whether the network matters.
In the same moment that the iPad is being adopted by 65% of the Fortune 100 — obliterating conventional wisdom about how corporate networks support consumer devices and mobility —there is a debate raging about whether the network matters.
On one side we have newcomers to the networking industry and some industry commentators who believe that the value of a network should be determined only by the cost of its components. They argue that customers should focus squarely on acquisition cost, not the value of their network assets. They argue that customers should focus on capital cost, not network capability and innovation. They believe the network has become a utility; that ‘good’ is good enough.
We all understand that negotiating the best price for goods and services always makes good business sense. But this debate is about more than that.
The debate is about making a choice between a tactical network where getting the lowest possible price up front is paramount – and a strategic network investment that enables customers to adapt quickly to new business imperatives and to handle the increased demands on their business.
This debate has fueled numerous myths and misperceptions in our industry. Here are the seven most misleading Myths of the Good Enough Network.