Citrix: Three Things about Networks That Every CIO Should Have on their Agenda
We are headed for a future in which everything will be connected to the cloud – not just traditional servers and clients, but any kind of industrial plant, building, vehicle, machinery, and device. Global always-on networking will fundamentally transform all industries. To keep up with the upcoming changes and market requirements there are three topics every CIO, Head of IT, or Network Manager should have on their agenda:
- The network is the future business platform. Within the next five to ten years, business will be transformed by digital technology, on a much larger scale than seemingly possible at first glance. Everything will be part of a globally-interconnected IT infrastructure, the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT provides a flood of sensory data to big data analytics and allows for real-time (or near real-time) interactivity. Whatever industry, the IT network will become the foundation of every business. For example, car manufacturers are preparing for a future when cars are not simply hardware that takes us from A to B, but interconnected software platforms that provide an individualized user experience to drivers. Forklift manufacturers will provide forklifts as a service with cloud-based management and fault monitoring. The list goes on and on.
- The network is software-defined. It is a natural mistake to think of the global networking infrastructure as just a gigantic accumulation of hardware: copper wires, fiber cables, switches, and routers. But this hardware is increasingly becoming software-defined. Software-defined networking means that data paths are no longer pre-defined connections; instead, software dynamically determines these data paths, making the network more agile. For example, branch offices used to be connected to headquarters via leased lines, complemented by some narrowband method of emergency failover. In contrast, the modern branch office communicates via multiple IP connections. A device at the branch office site uses software algorithms to decide which connection(s) to use. This way, data paths can be diversified based on economic parameters or technical necessities, such as balancing traffic loads between multiple lines. This makes the network much more powerful and cost-efficient. Ideally the network is part of a trusted security architecture enabling user-centric policies to intelligently control and secure the different types of apps, the devices and the end-to-end networks framework.
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via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.