Enterprises taking the next step in digital transformation of network should align their upgrading strategy to the adaptive networking approach.
Economies, services and the general lifestyle are becoming more digital, connected and automated. Digital businesses in Asia Pacific (APAC) will face a proliferation of connectivity from new IoT, 5G digital cellular and smart city networks, which will heighten experiences of the Internet, online entertainment, mobile applications, multi-platform payments and more.
This proliferation will also bring about a digital ecosystem that is driven by large amounts of data moving from where it is collected, to where it is analyzed, and where it is needed to drive real-time decisions and automated operations.
Your digital business must face the escalation of connectivity demands, at scale and at speed, with a network modernized across the data center, the cloud and increasingly, at the very edge where your business occurs.
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Even though enterprise solutions can span from core to edge, transmitting large amounts of data over the network to the core is cost prohibitive. Hence, modern workloads will increasingly be performed based upon where it makes the most sense.
Adaptive networking is an approach that factors in these demands in the modernization of your network. It calls for a programmable ecosystem that dynamically connects locations and services to information – to provide you with powerful, flexible and multifunctional capabilities – without having to add or overhaul your data center infrastructure or proprietary hardware.
At CenturyLink, we see the modernization of network infrastructure as the adoption of new capabilities to enhance your existing network, done in tandem with optimized network control and management, and supported by connected, proactive security for holistic protection of your network and data.
This may be simple in theory but designing these network enhancements can be a complex endeavor. When deciding on how best to modernize your network infrastructure, do bear in mind that:
Taking these three factors into consideration for your network upgrade will make it easier to attain the agile, automated and secure network to help you achieve the following business outcomes.
SD-WAN is a new technology gaining popularity among enterprises wanting to improve their WAN performance and connectivity to the cloud, but at significantly lower cost. There are different deployment methods to choose from, but the easiest and most cost-effective way is to take up an SD-WAN as-a-service offering from your network technology service partner, where you can tap its SDN and NFV platforms and deep networking expertise, to quickly transform your network from a cost center to a value center.
Case-in-point, Koch Trucking – a specialized transportation services company operating in over 30 states in the US. With that many sites to keep connected on a disparate mix of MPLS, T1 and broadband, the hybrid network eventually became a snowball of integration and management problems.
These can range from the handling of massive load fluctuations such as unpredictable flash traffic, to meeting granular demands like the detection of a device’s performance and data consumption for auto adjustment of delivery parameters.
Examples of CDN use cases include:
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