Industries all over the world are engrossed in the multi-workload environment approach in an effort to give their operations a modern makeover and develop sophisticated customer service platforms.
Despite the move that many are making towards a cloud-first approach, IT leaders frequently aren’t giving enough thought to what this means. As a result, they aren’t realising that this isn’t always the best option, that lots of workloads simply aren’t yet ready for the cloud, or that the economics still favour on-premise.
In light of this, application ecosystems are increasing in complexity as they skyrocket in size and scope, and exist across multiple mediums.
Addressing networking and infrastructure
Simply put, the way businesses approach networking often doesn’t properly keep-up with their infrastructure.
Here’s how organisations can address this issue:
- Increased bandwidth
While Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications have been an increasingly popular option for mission-critical functions, increased bandwidth mustn’t become forgotten but actually focused on more. This is a key reason SD-WAN is becoming so popular, with approximately a third of Australian enterprises having already deployed or in the process of deploying an SD-WAN solution.
SD-WAN’s main benefit is its ability to collaboratively and effectively combine public fixed-line broadband internet and mobile broadband, private MPLS networks and routing data traffic. The outcomes are: security isn’t compromised, routing management complexity isn’t increased, traffic can be routed directly to its end-destination, and networking application visibility is provided in spades.
SD-WAN is much more than just private networks over the public internet. MPLS connections offering both confidence and control form a significant part of SD-WAN as the carrier of sensitive real-time traffic.
A hybrid solution represents the best of both worlds
A one-size-fits-all SD-WAN solution can’t adequately cover all bases – and a blanket MPLS solution may not be right – but incorporating both into a Hybrid Networking model can provide businesses with the best of both technologies.
Some benefits of this approach includes:
- Bespoke solutions
Layering SD-WAN over underlying MPLS (integrated with low-cost broadband), enables businesses to foster bespoke solutions that’s well suited to their unique set of requirement.
- A solid backbone
Businesses can take heart knowing they have a reliable backbone provided by MPLS. Simultaneously, businesses can enjoy advantages of aggregate bandwidth and reduced operational costs.
Via unified visibility and monitoring of traffic, security is ensured at each point across the business, even at the edge.
What should your organisation do next?
It’s no easy feat to decide on the best networking backbone for your organisation
Before kicking off the process and investing in a network solution, it’s best to identify your organisation’s unique needs. Having a managed services provider at hand to share this impartial advice and expertise can greatly reduce the stress and resources involved in such decisions.
Make no mistake, ignoring the benefits of collaborating technologies and putting off adopting a Hybrid Networking approach can mean losing out on reduced costs and improved operational efficiencies.
If you’d like to learn more about how a Hybrid Networking approach working hand-in-hand with a Hybrid IT Infrastructure approach can help your business, get in touch with Brennan IT today.