Key market disruptors and business drivers
CIOs, IT managers, and telecoms managers in enterprises of all sizes are being asked to support their corporate business plans as never before. Network services delivery is the linchpin not just for growth into new regions, but for speed to market for products and services and new customer relationships.
These network managers can no longer rely on a fixed standard in networking to underpin operations, which MPLS at one time promised. Ethernet, wireless (3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi), and local broadband access for Internet have made the mixed corporate network infrastructure the standard. In addition, network managers need more direct control over WAN traffic as the explosion of collaboration tools like Skype for Business and cloud-based applications strains capacity and management tools.
Network managers can now deploy a more unified network service based on software-defined networking (SDN), which automates the processes for bandwidth and connectivity deployment and network functions virtualisation (NFV), replacing complicated and expensive CPE for applications such as security, optimisation, and server setup.