Building the perfect network

Given the present global health situation, people are not traveling as much as before. Data and internet traffic, however, are traversing at much higher volumes with reports noting an 18% increase in US in-home data usage in just the first weeks of March 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. As such, networking is a key enabler for business as it operates today. With network usage on the rise due to remote workforces and greater distribution across online tools, at-home devices, clouds and applications, the wrong network can restrict workforce productivity.

With network management becoming increasingly complex as networks expand and densify to include new locations and solutions, the enterprise itself is strained, drawing time and resources away from core technical initiatives. As more business applications are moved to the cloud or delivered as a SaaS model, internet performance has become more important than ever before. Users expect the same consistent high-performance experience they get with on-premise software or dedicated systems from SaaS applications.

The driver of any successful business network is flexible, high-throughput, edge-to-edge connectivity from business premises to and between data centers — or, to the cloud and back again. To achieve cloud adoption and digital transformation, cost must be optimized, performance must be top-tier, complexity must be mitigated and operations must be simplified. The modern enterprise requires technology options that enhance a user's IT experience, such as simplified design and increased control and visibility.

Managing a network with connectivity to an increasing number of locations and a range of new capabilities creates additional stress for enterprises. By taking a strategic approach, businesses can focus their connectivity management efforts to alleviate stress and streamline their operations. For example, direct peering means fewer network hops for your data to traverse. Approaching connectivity this way helps business-critical traffic reach its destination as fast as possible and with better SaaS performance.

Consider evaluating how fragmented your network coverage approach and IT services infrastructure approach might be. Instead of looking to multiple system integrators and service providers to procure connectivity from multiple underlying network operators, which can lead to gaps in performance and cost inefficiencies, consider solutions that offer the ability to optimize and manage any underlying connectivity service.

When building out your connectivity strategy and implementing new technology solutions, make sure that you select a solution that incorporates AI to deliver the highest level of visibility, automation and management of the full connectivity life cycle — design, ordering, delivery, monitoring and orchestration.

Remember, the ability to scale is now more important than ever before. Today's networking environment continues to change with an even greater emphasis on identifying how to easily and quickly scale. Future-proofing your network infrastructure is a must. So be sure your network framework is flexible enough to support a variety of dynamic requirements, such as the need to increase bandwidth, supplement teams and shift operations.

Consider that networking and cloud environments are going to only become even more distributed. Today's edge has become very different with more and more people working from a vastly increased number of locations, destinations and end-points. With many more organizations deciding to continue this in the future, the IT environment of the future will have to adapt accordingly.

Despite the complexity of provisioning connectivity across a changing business architecture, innovative solutions across the market are emerging to empower enterprises in ways they never have been before. Today, as data remains at the core of digital business, speed, visibility, responsiveness and flexibility remain paramount to any digital transformation. For businesses looking to remain agile and keep a competitive edge even in the face of disruption, next-generation digital connectivity services and operations are vital.

Glow’s role

The dynamic business environment and increasing network intricacies have forced organizations to move from single dimensional legacy environments to a multi-platform, dynamic cross application ecosystem with state-of-the-art workflow and solutions. At Glow Networks, we help you with this transition by developing a customized workflow that is resource efficient, while being flexible.

Glow Networks understands the business risk to our customers caused by downtime and timely issue identification. Our network engineering services process and experts help seamless synchronization of back office, mid office and front office via advanced workflows, tools, and platforms. We design, deploy and maintain cross-functional processes and systems for network operations with custom integration.

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