Mobile, Video, Cloud – Can A “Good-Enough” Network Handle It All?

April 26, 2011 - 10 Comments

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.”)

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  1. I think cloud will change world of technology. Most of the companies started to use cloud now. Read about cloud here

  2. Amazing that 91% of global internet traffic will be video in just a year.

    Although, according to Cisco’s own report: “By 2013, the various forms of video (TV, VoD, Internet Video, and P2P) will exceed 90 percent of global consumer traffic…”

    And then: “By 2013, global online video will be 60 percent of consumer Internet traffic (up from 32 percent in 2009).”

    I’m not quite clear on the distinction being made there (the 90 plus percent vs 60 percent).

  3. One of my biggest concerns is the bandwidth requirements as large companies start to migrate their applications to the cloud.

  4. As the whole cloud platform is new I personally would worry about my valuable data being safe, just look at the recent security breach of the Sony playstation network, a top company being hacked so easily. If the security was at a extremely high level I would be more confident in using it.

  5. Changes in the network must occur. Good video quality must necessarily be. We are waiting for new solutions.

  6. Like everything else our networks and the way we do business also needs to change/upgrade just to think 10 years ago the idea of a cloud would have been unheard off.

  7. There is always improvement in science and so will in networking areas. But quality will always help improvement. Will look forward to further discussions on the topics.

  8. It’s Porsche…

  9. I don’t know about everyone else but I get very worried about putting things in “the cloud”. What happens if there was a serious failure or attack to all that data! I’d rather have things on my own hardware but I guess soon that will be a thing of the past!

  10. Well, i do agree with you. Network reliability and quality is a major key point for online businesses. We will be looking forward for upcoming discussions on this matter.

    P.S:- Nice video graphics and effect.