Eight Important Factors for Building a New-Generation IT System

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-08-31
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Eight Important Factors for Building a New-Generation IT System

    Building a modern enterprise infrastructure that supports cloud-based computing and storage and connectivity demands can start with just a few, basic steps.
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    2 - Embrace Both SDN and NFV
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    Embrace Both SDN and NFV

    Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are the future of the wide-area network. Through a simplified infrastructure, SDN leverages software to provide agility and flexibility to deploy new services and applications more rapidly, while providing substantial long-term reductions in both CAPEX and OPEX. In the same manner, NFV reduces the need for specialized hardware by offloading network functions onto software that can run on industry-standard hardware, and that can be managed from anywhere within the operator's network.
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    3 - Pick Your Spots for High On-Demand Connectivity
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    Pick Your Spots for High On-Demand Connectivity

    To thrive in the application-centric world, service providers increasingly are looking at ways to deliver on-demand connectivity, so that enterprise customers can customize connectivity parameters for greater control and cost savings. For example, you may request an increase in your service bandwidth from 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 10GbE every Saturday night, for just three hours, to perform a large-scale data backup. The network delivers it and, then, after that time, your bandwidth service goes back to business as usual.
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    4 - Create Efficient Data Center Interconnect
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    Create Efficient Data Center Interconnect

    A network is only as fast as its slowest point. If you don't have a high-speed, flexible and scalable connection to and between your data centers, your ability to move and access data is limited. With efficient data center interconnect (DCI), you gain superior workload distribution and an effective framework for business continuity and disaster recovery efforts.
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    5 - Decide Whether to Build or Buy
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    Decide Whether to Build or Buy

    Enterprises today need WAN connectivity that can support growing cloud and virtualization efforts. One of the most difficult decisions that must be made is whether to build out a private optical network or lease the infrastructure from a service provider as a managed service.
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    6 - Security's Another Factor to Take Into Account
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    Security's Another Factor to Take Into Account

    A number of factors must be examined, including security requirements, when choosing between an in-house model or managed network service. You can even run both models concurrently if that's the best solution.
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    7 - Stand Guard
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    Stand Guard

    System availability and data privacy are essential to business success. You should augment traditional network security measures with high-capacity, wire-speed encrypted connectivity services for extra insurance. Network-level encryption provides increased protection of critical data with minimal latency to ensure the right information is securely delivered to the right location every time. Look for a service that meets internationally recognized National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS 140-2 certification.
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    8 - Find Partners With a Pedigree
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    Find Partners With a Pedigree

    Before undertaking any major network upgrade, it is important to consult with experts. Seek out vendors who embrace open networking principles and have expertise in providing tactical and strategic steps to help modernize and monetize your network for maximum business value.
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    9 - Full Trust of Partners Is Important in the Process
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    Full Trust of Partners Is Important in the Process

    Trusted infrastructure is about having full confidence in the sources and processes that go into the design, construction and operation of a network. Vet carefully the partners you select; it's always a good idea to obtain recommendations from professionals you already know and trust.
 

This app-centric new world is transforming the way business works at a rapid rate. The static, dumb-pipe era is gone, replaced by a need for a network with the intelligence to deliver cloud-based computing, storage and connectivity services on demand. Businesses must deliver new services and user experiences quickly, while increasing capacity and connectivity without blowing up cost structures. People simply don't expect to wait for anything anymore. What does it take to build a modern enterprise infrastructure that can support these cloud-era demands, and where should enterprise IT begin? You could use a checklist that covers how to get the most value out of your network to deliver optimum financial, operational and technical outcomes. This is precisely what we discuss in this eWEEK slide show, resourced with information from eWEEK reporting, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and firsthand industry information from Malcolm Loro, director of industry marketing at network specialist Ciena.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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