Data Center

The IT Relevance Gap: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

by Alan Murphy on ‎09-23-2015 10:00 AM (7,046 Views)

You’re at the sharp end of IT in your organization, so you’re probably seeing the same fundamental shifts in behavio r impacting other enterprise IT departments.


There’s a rise in traffic volumes and a change in traffic patterns. That’s partly due to the sheer volumes of data unleashed by server virtualization. More comes from the emergence of new business apps and services.


And even greater amounts of data are forecast as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality.


More immediately, user expectations for speed and agility are on the rise and will only increase.


Crunch-time is coming, and soon.

The problem is the network. Late 20th Century architecture meets the future––and doesn’t much like what it encounters. The result? Unplanned downtime. Missed SLAs. Dissatisfied users.


Manual configuration and high maintenance may have been acceptable in quieter, client/server computing times. But now that the traditional north-south traffic flow has largely been replaced by east-west traffic, it’s a whole different story.


Today’s network can barely cope with current levels of activity. It consumes vast amounts of resources just to run itself.


Innovation takes second place to fighting fires. And the difference between what the business needs, and what IT can deliver, is starkly apparent. 


The “IT Relevance Gap” is growing wider by the day.

This imbalance in favor of “keeping the lights on” vs. innovation (roughly 80/20), means that enterprise IT departments are slow to respond. And when ambitions for faster time to market leave users frustrated, IT is seen as rigid and inflexible.


So Line of Business (LoB) leaders simply purchase cloud services directly from cloud providers. There are several consequences for IT.


LoB leaders can put a big check mark for “Job done.” And might begin to wonder exactly what exactly IT brings to the party.


For IT as a whole, and for you in particular, this is bad news. Not only is IT of shrinking relevance operationally, but your strategic influence is also diminished.  


So what are your options? 

You could do nothing. Or you could focus even more resources on costly, disruptive, rip-and-replace hardware upgrades.  


Your third option is to fix the network.

You can transform your network––quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.


It’s time to escape the stranglehold of proprietary development, and embrace an ecosystem of innovators that offer genuine choice. And do so in your own time, and on your own terms.


Both vendors and enterprises are getting behind the concept of the New IP.


The end-goal is to move from a rigid, hierarchical, hardware-based network to one that offers the freedom of open source, open standards, and open protocols.


So partners and platforms, rather than products. Automation, control, and orchestration through Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and technologies that are still a twinkle in their inventor’s eye.


Begin now, with Ethernet fabrics: Self-forming, self-healing, and load-balancing network fabrics deliver speed, reliability and cost savings.


Ethernet fabrics are simple to deploy. They scale without compromising size or performance. And they will help you deal with the root cause of your network problems, so that the symptoms take care of themselves.


Ethernet fabrics will help you achieve IT agility.


By achieving IT agility, you can future-proof the network. You can respond quickly to satisfy user expectations. And you can close the IT Relevance Gap, regaining influence with your LoB counterparts by repositioning yourself as a strategic services broker.


Start with an Enterprise Guide to the New IP – “How will you close the Relevance Gap?