The Future of Networking Depends on Networks of the Past

  • Your customers and users expect to be connected anywhere, anytime.

  • Robust connectivity and regional replication can deliver what's needed.

  • One poorly-performing connection can slow your system down to a crawl.

Networks are crucial to modern business these days. As speeds increase beyond 100Gbps and more devices connect, the location of processors and data both become more important. With everything connected between one device and the next, optimization and speed are more critical.

Networks are also not new. Most enterprise networks have been in operation for years, growing and extending as needs and applications have evolved. That evolution has not always been straightforward—or even compatible—with prior components. Part of adjusting to these changes is about identifying your network bottlenecks and eliminating them. Assure that all the network components you control are up to date and not causing problems. Then look at the issues that affect the areas you have less direct ability to manage.

Here are four trends that are currently affecting global network performance:

1. Mobility wherever

Your customers and users expect to be connected from wherever they are. While mobile connections are generally expected to be slower than what’s available in the office, don’t accept any leeway. Make certain your gateway devices are up to date and operating at the maximum throughput rates possible.

2. Global connections that deliver

Location doesn’t matter on the Internet. Whether your audience is in the next room or on the other side of the world, your network needs to support the demand. The combination of robust connectivity services and regional replication can deliver what’s needed and where it’s requested.

3. Security that strikes the right balance

Open access to resources is great for your trusted employees, but no enterprise can leave the security of their widely-distributed network open to breaches and misuse. But increased layers of security can cause delays if the registration and sign-on processes are restrictive. Strike the right balance between security and access.

4. Full-time performance monitoring

Applications and data reside in multiple systems, all of which may require access for a single function. The assumption is that all connections to all resources perform equally. But that’s rarely the case without adequate and full-time performance monitoring. One poorly-performing connection can cause an otherwise well-tuned system to slow down to a crawl. Initiate robust services that will track, alert, and resolve issues that come up in real time.

Many of these can be mitigated with the right routing and infrastructure tools but the most important component is the reliability and performance of your network—the backbone that provides Internet connectivity. Take control of your distributed network connections so that your users and customers can get the performance they expect.

For more information on network trends and services, visit AT&T Network Services.


Scott Koegler is an independent business writer and the author of this blog. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.

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