Security, Maintenance Top IT Pros Networking Concerns
In a 24-by-7 world, the window for fixing problems--or applying patches to prevent problems--is getting increasingly smallerSeveral members of eWeeks Corporate Partner Advisory Board recently met with eWeek Technology Editor Peter Coffee for a Roundtable discussion about the corporate network. Security and reliability topped both priority and challenge lists, especially as the window for maintenance gets increasingly smaller or even nonexistent. eWeek: Whats the biggest issue relating to your corporate network that you are expecting to have to deal with during the next six to 18 months? Nowicke: Theres something thats kind of outside of my control. I work for the U.S. [District] Court, and our organization has launched a project whereby all of the filings done in the court will be done electronically. As a result of that, were inheriting a product that we had no involvement in designing, and we will be dealing with a lot of electronic images and also electronic transmissions. We dont really know how that is going to impact us.
Weve got some concerns about the fact that, right now, were operating in an 8-by-5 [eight hours, five days a week] world, and well be expected to operate in a 24-by-7 world. From the network side of things, that means we are continuously up and available, and our WAN links are up and available, and we also have a lot of new requirements regarding storage. Not all of the solutions are being presented to us.