the new IT trends strongly increase IT complexity and extend requirements for dynamic hybrid networking

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The world is moving fast, faster than ever before. Technologies afford us instant access and split-second connections. At the same time, end-users expectations are rising.

To keep pace in a world that moves at web speed, CIOs are consistently looking towards IT as a key enabler.

The new IT transformations like Unified Communications, BYOD/BYOA, SaaS applications, private and public clouds, social media and virtual desktops strongly increase IT complexity and extend requirements for hybrid networks where enterprises combine traditional MPLS networks with Internet access.

SaaS adoption accelerates and goes global in the enterprise

According to Gartner, organizations currently using business process as a service (BPaaS) exceed 60%.

Large enterprises are using an average of 13 SaaS applications and according to Forrester, 52% of the enterprises are very concerned about the performance of their SaaS applications. Downtime, speed, and application access are key concerns.

enterprises continue to strongly invest in UCC solutions

Total annual spending on UCC will represents 20 billion$ in 2016.

IT decision-makers in large organizations are predicted to spend $53m on services to support unified communications and collaboration (UCC) over the next two years, as uptake in UCC as a strategic business opportunity increases. However, this spend could be at risk without user adoption.

BYOD and BYOA are new ways to consume IT

According to Gartner BYOD is now common and by 2015, the number of employees using mobile applications in the workplace will double.

By 2017 half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work progress.

But beyond BYOD, BYOA is becoming a growing issue in terms of complexity and management.

The ever-expanding array of mobile devices and platforms, along with BYOD programs, puts tremendous pressure on the IT organization, and often affects other activities and business processes in the organization. IT needs tools to manage applications on behalf of multiple users and protect business apps against recreational ones. Especially critical: establishing policies for any applications involving the work of multiple users.

there is a compelling requirement for control of the entire applications portfolio over hybrid networks (MPLS + Internet)

SaaS applications, private and public cloud, social media, virtual desktops, etc. extend the requirement for hybrid networking where enterprises combine traditional MPLS networks with Internet accesses. How can enterprises select the right network so business applications perform well, all the time, wherever? How can they protect business apps against recreational others over Internet? There is a fundamental difference between policy-based and objective-based solutions.

to guarantee business continuity and optimize your network costs whatever the new usages and IT complexity, use Dynamic, objective based hybrid networking

Dynamic Path Selection or Dynamic Hybrid Networking is simple to operate as it automatically adapts to constantly changing application traffic conditions. New applications, number of users, employees’ real-time activity, application criticality and network performance: just as these parameters constantly evolve, so do dynamic solutions.

Dynamic hybrid networking solutions are driven from global application performance objectives. That means you always protect business apps against recreational others over MPLS and Internet.

They dynamically select the best WAN path according to the real-time situation end-to-end (WAN access load, network quality, application performance, balance between different applications, etc.) to guarantee business critical applications performance and user experience for each user connection and whatever the IT and network activity.

Hybrid networking is becoming more and more important as businesses increase usage of SaaS and other applications that put stress on the network. It is essential that enterprises turn their hybrid network into a reliable and predictable business network. By replacing discrete, static traffic management mechanisms with Dynamic Hybrid Networking, enterprises can:

  • guarantee business application performance and business continuity
  • control any mix of private and public cloud applications
  • increase network efficiency
  • simplify IT management
  • improve IT agility

In this digital transformation, the key challenges enterprises have to manage are how to connect users to applications with the good level of performance and security whatever the device, the application and the underlying network.

Alain

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Alain Sausse

Titulaire d’un Doctorat en Mathématiques & Informatique, j’ai commencé chez SITA en juin 1996 dans le département R&D sur des sujets comme l’Intelligence Artificielle. Après un passage dans l’entité Stratégie Technologie Planning d’Equant, je suis depuis avril 2007 Chef de Produit chez Orange Business Services dans la direction marketing services à valeurs ajoutées du domaine réseau où je suis en charge d’un  service d’optimisation et de gouvernance réseaux ayant pour valeur de contrôler et garantir la contribution du réseau à la performance des applications de nos clients français et internationaux.