Businesses must leverage automation and software-defined networks, and increase security, to realize the potential of digitalization.
FREMONT, CA: The network, primarily the edge, where consumers, employees, cloud apps, and IoT devices interact with the company, has become more critical due to digital transformation. For various reasons, the old static and non-differentiated network edge of the past is no longer feasible. Hence, as businesses begin on digital transformation initiatives, their networks must develop as well.
To meet the various digital transformation problems, networking professionals should focus on enhancing security and embracing software-defined networking (SDN), which allows changes to propagate fast throughout the network.
Let’s look at few ways to tackle the effect of digital transformation on networks:
Manual procedures have been doing it for as long as networks have existed. Still, unless replaced with speedier, more forward-thinking automation, they will be the death knell for businesses. First, automation relieves network engineers of a time-consuming task, allowing them to focus on more strategic objectives.Additionally, automating repetitious network administration duties is the first step toward transitioning to an intent-based network, in which the network reacts autonomously to operator queries.
Embrace SDN for agility
Today's networks must be highly agile for changes to be broadcast across the network in near real-time, allowing this to keep up with the business demands. Network agility is achieved by centralized control, enabling configuration changes to happen once or quickly transmitted throughout the network.In an ideal world, network changes synchronized with application modifications to avoid slowing down the business.
The control plane is isolated from the data plane in an SDN architecture, allowing network engineers to design a change and push it out across the whole network simultaneously.
Learn the APIs on networking gear
As the network becomes more software-based, it must adopt software characteristics. One of these is accessible APIs, which allow the network to communicate directly with applications, allowing for greater automation. A videoconferencing application, for example, may tell the network to reserve bandwidth while a conversation is in progress and then eliminate the reserve after the call gets finished.
Intrinsic security safeguards networks from when a new device gets added to the network until the end of its session. Intrinsic security is strongly connected well with the web without being deployed as an overlay. The network operates as a security platform, incorporating a vast ecosystem of best-of-breed solutions that can perform integrated solution security audits, threat detection, and mitigation with this type of protection.