Is managing your campus network a bit of a daily headache? Are you finding you have more not-spots than hot-spots in your wireless coverage? Do you find yourself have to explain (again) just why it is going to take “THAT long” to deploy that application? The campus environment in many organizations has just not kept up with evolving trends, and the legacy networks are showing their age. The “fixes” that have been deployed over time often make things worse rather than better, as complexity and cost go up, and overall performance and availability at best stay static.
Learn how to change this dynamic for the better and take charge of your campus environment. A new white paper from IDC explains what the campus environment has to handle today, and will have to be able to support over the next few years; and why flatter, more automated, agile campus networks are the way forward.
As stated in the paper - Enabling Organizational Agility with New Campus Network Architectures - “The campus network is a vital component of the enterprise network and the primary link through which users’ access applications and network services. Organizations must ensure that they have cost-effective, flexible approaches to their campus network that ensure organizational agility and scalability and are easy to manage”.
Growth in mobility and trends such as BYOD, consumerization of IT, increasing video, UC, client virtualization, private cloud and increased demand for faster deployment of more applications and increased agility are all putting the legacy environment under pressure it can’t take. At the same time budgets remain constrained and staffing is often an issue - one that gets more intense as the above trends increase workloads. Having to manage wired and wireless campus networks as separate entities just adds to the challenge, confusion, and cost.
This paper explains how you can adopt the flexibility, simplified deployment, investment protection, automated management, cloud-ready and reliable campus network you need, with Brocade.
Before my kids developed into the smelly grunting teenagers that they are today they loved Lego™. It offered limitless possibilities with no rules on how the bricks should be arranged or the exact shape of the star-fighter, or house, or whatever their imagination dreamt up. With every birthday a new assortment of colored bricks would arrive and the first thing that was built was whatever was pictured on the box, after that the parts were separated, scattered and then recombined into another world of infinite possibilities. You could build whatever you wanted, not what the toy designer thought you wanted. The only disappointment came when a new creation couldn’t be completed as there was one vital part missing, usually because the dog had eaten it. The missing part usually reappeared later but not in a useable condition!
If only networks could be built the same way. We seem to have got bound up in a dizzying array of complex protocols and technologies that have been designed to solve relatively simple problems. Whatever happened to plug-and-play? The geeks need to rediscover Lego and become inspired again.
The Effortless Network is about making campus networks fit the environment that they are being deployed into, making things simpler and more flexible by allowing network managers to build networks that are only limited by their imaginations. By using Ethernet as the connection medium within a switch stack we allow far greater deployment flexibility. A “stack” can actually be distributed across multiple wiring closets (or racks in a data center) with the stacking protocols taking care of ensuring that the connections are secure, resilient and efficient. And because the distributed stack is a single management entity configuration changes, software deployment and failure recovery are greatly simplified. And the best part is that this is just the beginning, there is so much more to come in 2013 and beyond.
So maybe there is another way, you don’t have to build the network the way the geeks intended; with the right building blocks the possibilities are endless.