Success for any company in the new, digital, sharing economy is based entirely on how well and how fast information can move from one place to another. How do customers – be they internal end users or external customers – interface with your applications? Is it seamless? Are your comments on Yelp citing lagging website response? Do your reviews on Glassdoor talk about the kludgy interfaces experienced by coworkers? Is it safe?
These are the fears that keep everyone, from the C-Suite to individual contributors, up at night. How can we deliver a best-in-class experience and keep everyone accessing the information they need and should have access to? Not to mention doing it in a way that’s timely and consistent.
Rule #1: Software Defines Everything
Once upon a time, you upgraded your infrastructure by buying new hardware. Now, software determines how effectively your infrastructure – including networking and storage – will meet, and even exceed, the evolving needs of your organization.
What does software-defined networking (SDN) mean to a company? Software enables your network to give priority performance to mission-critical applications. Why does this matter?
Instant response is critical for delivering great customer experiences. Respond to every swipe and click.
Software-based network intelligence is essential for supporting real-time video, an increasingly essential element of customer experiences and workplace collaboration. Software enables your network to protect your organization by being both a sensor and a security enforcer. It can detect anomalies that indicate a potential compromise and automatically respond by blocking suspicious traffic.
SDN enables you to add new capabilities as soon as they’re available. It empowers you to use automation to reduce the time your IT staff spends on network housekeeping — giving companies back time in their day and workload to focus on expanding digital capabilities. And it does this without expanding head count.