The old normal has left the building. Whether empty, reduced capacity or reconfigured, we all know classrooms, offices and other business/institutions are operating under completely different conditions. Distance is the operative word – from on-line learning and remote exercising, to digital diagnosis and virtual traveling. People everywhere are figuring out new ways to move forward. Six feet is redefining our environment as the cultural unit of measure.

But there are other common elements emerging with these shifts, including the ability to adapt quickly, heavy use of video, and requiring network infrastructure to connect it all. Digital transformation is no longer just a luxury or a futuristic concept, but now is an intrinsic part of recovery strategies.

Can You See Me Now?

Without the right infrastructure, networks can get clogged, applications get glitchy and users become frustrated. For example, video can be bandwidth-intensive yet sensitive to delays – the frozen images, out of sync voices or dropped connections make for a sub-par experience. Even low-bandwidth applications can be susceptible to high-latency, impacting real-time communications or transactions. It’s like waiting in long lines outside of a store or restaurant due to low capacity, no reservations or lack of priority.

Adaptive and Flexible

Disruption doesn’t have to be standard with the new normal. As society leverages more virtualized ways to learning, working, treating medically or just relaxing, the network infrastructure needs to adapt to this dynamic environment. Cisco’s portfolio for Critical Network Infrastructure is designed to deliver all types of traffic through scale, resiliency, security, tight traffic control and visibility, regardless of volume or distance.

Using software intelligence like segment routing for efficient control, and hardware innovations such as ultra-fast speed with trustworthy systems, this set of solutions can help adapt to unpredictable network factors. Imagine networks that can protect important data with VIP treatment, automatically recover from problems, while using the right amount of capacity.

These are some of the reasons why customers have been deploying Cisco’s Critical Network Infrastructure solutions over the years to enable business continuity across different industries and verticals in private/public/SP sectors.

These days, flexibility is paramount, and Cisco offers a wide range of options plus the in-depth expertise needed to solve problems through different use cases, including for healthcare, education, utilities, cities, banking and service provider networks. A perfect example is Cisco’s flexible consumption models that have helped to elastically adjust to new traffic volumes with a software license.

Forging Ahead

Thankfully, we live in the digital age, where it might be possible to continue doing what is needed, by adjusting differently. Partners have been helping customers transition quickly to the new realities and will continue to be an integral part of navigating successfully into the future.

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