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Network systems emerging as enterprise enabler

By Max Burkhalter
December 30, 2011
The coming year will bring with it significant changes in the networking sector, as businesses increasingly invest in new IT service options that depend heavily on the supporting infrastructure, TechTarget reported.

In some ways, this will create an environment in which the network that supports IT investments will become more important than the new technologies themselves, industry expert Trevor Dearing told the news source.

According to Dearing, predictions for 2012 have focused on emerging technologies. This includes cloud computing's expected rise in the enterprise sector, big data's role in helping businesses handle unstructured data and the continued movement toward consumer device deployment in business IT environments.

Dearing told TechTarget that most prognosticators are focusing on these rising technologies for the coming year, and may be neglecting the simple fact that none of them will find significant success unless they are properly accompanied by networking upgrades.

Dearing explained that the new technologies coming for 2012 are all pretty well known among enterprise users. What is not so clear is how they impact operational networks. While it is evident that the emerging IT trends will create more data being sent through the network, a larger number of access points and faster consumption speeds, Dearing said the exact point in the network that will feel the pain from these changes is difficult to predict.

In response, Dearing told TechTarget that businesses using legacy network technologies need to make upgrades or risk having their IT adoption rates slowed and hampered by inadequate data throughput rates and bandwidth problems that create performance issues for end users. Essentially, businesses that use legacy networks will see significant bottlenecks emerge, stifling innovation, Dearing said. As a result, the network is emerging as a key enabler for new IT investments.

Using the network to support new technological investments requires flexibility and scalability within the infrastructure. This is leading to many organizations virtualizing their various network appliances in response to the rising trend toward server virtualization. This allows organizations to give each virtual machine its own port and essentially create a separate network for each application, storage array and other system without investing in separate hardware in each instance. Doing this successfully, however, requires careful planning in terms of prioritizing data traffic patterns and making sure there is enough bandwidth to go around.

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