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Remember when the cloud debate centred on whether it was all hype? Until the technology matured, many organisations had reasonable misgivings, but times are changing. Once the early hype settled down, adoption of cloud increased steadily over the last few years.

By 2018, it is anticipated that 48 per cent of business IT assets will be offsite in colocation, hosting and cloud datacentres, with around a third of IT staff employed by third-party service providers.*

That prediction, from analysts IDC, gives business managers and CTOs food for thought. Aside from bringing up some interesting human resourcing considerations, it means that connectivity and networking move up the priority list. Get your copy of the exclusive IDC FutureScape report here for more predictions.

While most organisations rightly think about cloud adoption in terms of flexibility and cost management, the outcome is far from assured. We’ve seen apparently detailed transition planning thwarted by paying too little attention to network capabilities.

To put it simply, in the digital economy, the pressure is on to provide 24/7 service, which means that your network has to be utterly reliable. It needs to cope well with changes in traffic patterns, and intelligently respond to security threats. If your network is not specifically designed for the cloud era, it can be a major limiting factor.

That is not to say that getting cloud-ready has to be a huge ordeal. Network vendors like Juniper have been busily optimising their architecture to accommodate cloud transitions without breaking a sweat.

The usual basics apply, of course; simple, to keep staff administration burden to a minimum, and open, for easy integration between datacentres. While that was easier said than done with older generations of networking technology, those overdue an update will be very pleasantly surprised.

In the case of Juniper, they use a MetaFabric architecture that makes an agile and seriously efficient foundation that copes easily with both physical and virtual data centres – or, as is increasingly the case, a combination of both.

The level of automation is significant. The virtual/physical combination has the potential to become dizzyingly complex, so minimising manual intervention doesn’t just save time, but also cuts the chance of errors. It prevents network specialists’ time from being spread too thinly, and allows them an extraordinary view of their environment, in real time.

If cloud is causing more pain than anticipated, there is every chance that giving your network some attention will pay off. Getting it right should have those high demand applications running sweetly, no matter where they are hosted.

To learn more about intelligent, cloud ready networks, or for a sneak peek at the rest of the IDC Futurescape report, Contact the team at Comlinx.

*IDC Futurescape: Worldwide Datacenter 2016 Predictions



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