Spring clean your network: 10 key priorities
By Adrian Thirkill, UK MD, Easynet Global Services
“Spring brings a boost of energy which we often put to cleaning, but new research shows we can use this energy to improve other areas of our lives too” says Queen of Clean Aggie Mackenzie, of Kim and Aggie fame. She recommends we use this lighter, brighter time of year to chase away the dust and get rid of whatever we don’t use.
Her wise words are apt when it comes to our corporate networks. Overloaded, tangled, inefficient networks inhibit business growth, restrict innovation and impact customer satisfaction, but they’re an unfortunate sign of the times:
- M&A activity is on the up - 2014 is forecast to be a strong year for M&A, and different businesses in different locations are under pressure to integrate a web of networks, systems and processes
- Traffic is increasing dramatically - network traffic is forecast to triple to 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017, equal to 107 trillion hours of music streaming.
- Enterprise mobility is snowballing – Gartner says 38% of companies will stop providing business devices to employees by 2016; staff are using their own devices to access their own applications across a corporate network, adding to the strain, and over the next four years, global mobile traffic growth is expected to overtake global fixed traffic growth by a factor of three
- Businesses are migrating to the cloud but forgetting their networks –more than two thirds of businesses moving to the cloud experience application connectivity disruptions or outages during data centre migrations
- Shadow IT –business managers and employees are increasingly making their own choices when it comes to IT, creating risk and adding stress to a network
Emerging fusty and pale-legged from a long winter, our networks are suffering from the unpleasant sounding ‘bloat’, according to 73% of IT directors questioned recently. Some of the functionality of on-premise applications is surplus to their requirements, they say. 48% of IT decision makers feel their business has more applications than it needs, with 73% feeling that at least a fifth should be retired or replaced.
It’s time to beat the bloat, to battle the bulge, and to refresh our infrastructure. Here are my Top Ten priorities for spring cleaning your network.
IT is a differentiator for your business. It drives change, boosts performance and improves productivity, and the network has the lead role.
It’s time to spring clean your network, without a Marigold rubber glove in sight. At least, not in the office – what you do in your own time is up to you.
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