We are so used to, and so busy dealing with or working around, the complexity of our networks that sometimes we need reminding that it doesn't have to be this way. Network complexity is an issue of the way legacy campus environments are designed. It wasn't an inherently bad design when campus networks began to be deployed for the first time; it’s just that it isn't a design that could cope with the massive changes in scale, volume and mobility that have come into play since.
Dave Stevens, CTO at Brocade, explains this situation and the impact it has on organizations very well in a new video available here: The Effortless Network
With Gartner predicting that around one billion smartphones will be sold this year alone; and IDC suggesting that more than one third of all employees will be mobile workers by 2015, mobility – and as a consequence wireless connectivity – is a huge trend organizations have to deal with. Bring video, cloud, unified communications and VDI into play and then try and ensure they can be supported wirelessly, and things get even more challenging. After all, when you watch Dave explaining the problem on the video noted above, are you doing it with your laptop plugged-in to the wired network? No? Didn't think so.
Organizations that can’t keep up when it comes to campus will also start to discover it becomes harder to compete and productivity and responsiveness to changing market conditions suffers. Workers, customers, visitors; all have come to expect always on connectivity when on-site; and they will become more demanding, not less.
To date the most common response has been to deploy endless “band-aid” fixes and more layers of complexity. As a result the campus environment has just gotten more complex, slower, harder to manage, and more costly.
Brocade has turned to innovation to create a solution, and designed a new approach, a new way of looking at and building campus networks; to create networks that have the agility and intelligence needed for the cloud-enabled, multi-device, mobile-workforce of the future.
We call it the Effortless Network, and you can learn more about how Brocade customers are already reaping the rewards of this approach, and access more information and resources on this approach here: The Effortless Network
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