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Modernize the Enterprise Network in Five Steps

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Your Challenge

  • As organizations expand, so too must the network. Generally, these network expansions have been completed on the fly, implementing new infrastructure as requirements demand.
  • As a result of these ad hoc upgrades, network equipment varies in age and efficiency, resulting in a need to modernize equipment to deliver the best connections to employees as well as customers.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • With the right appliances in place, network traffic and server usage can be optimized, leading to cost savings, efficiency gains, and high availability of applications to keep operations running smoothly.
  • As organizations modernize their networks, they will be drawn into a new set of considerations as network demands become apparent. Networks will require flexibility and agility to support dynamic demand for growth, speed, and security.
  • This evolution should be planned in advance, considering the changing needs of the data center/core network, WAN, edge access network, external connectivity, and non-corporate devices.

Impact and Result

  • Create a flexible network that can respond to changing needs throughout the organization quickly and easily.
  • Reduce the cost of managing network resources through automation and new tools.
  • Prepare the network for a stress-free implementation of new technologies.

Research & Tools

1. Optimize the network across the organization

Create an efficient and cost effective network.

2. Communicate with stakeholders

Develop a strategy for network modernization.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a five call advisory process.

Call #1 - Analyze your network architecture

Discuss issues or concerns discovered during the review, discuss emerging technologies that may help to overcome limitations or fill upcoming gaps, and prioritize upcoming initiatives related to network architecture.

Call #2 - Make the case for WAN modernization

Discuss your organization’s need for an ADC. Decide how an ADC fits into your data center; make the decision for virtual or physical machines.

Call #3 - Move to a cloud-ready ecosystem

Discuss your current status. Determine if the need to become cloud ready is imminent or a project for the future, and learn the steps your organization needs to take to become cloud ready.

Call #4 - Network orchestration

Create an elastic and flexible environment.

Call #5 - Determine the need for NAC

Discover how NAC fits into the organization. Learn how NAC can replace existing technology and determine ownership for correcting issues/concerns.

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Module 1: Understand Network Modernization

The Purpose

  • Learn what network modernization entails.
  • Outline the technology required to modernize the network.
  • Outline the goals of network modernization in the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A clear understanding of the benefits and efforts required to modernize the network.
  • A high level plan to modernize the network.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Identify organizational goals for network modernization.

  • Table of network modernization goals for executives, IT, and other departments.
1.2

Outline the network at a high level.

  • High level network diagram.
1.3

Inventory the organization’s network components.

  • Timeline of infrastructure implementations.
1.4

Outline core stakeholders and contributors.

  • RACI chart.

Module 2: Core Network/Data Center

The Purpose

  • Outline the requirements to modernize the core/data center network.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of future technologies and how each applies to the core/data center network.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Determine where the capabilities of SDN align with your business drviers.

  • An understanding of how SDN capabilities aligns with business drivers.
2.2

Determine the suitability and practicality of SDN in your organization.

  • A list of the practical applications of SDN in your organization.

Module 3: WAN

The Purpose

  • Explore the modernization of WAN infrastructure.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of which appliances should be implemented to expand the usefulness of WAN infrastructure.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Review WAN optimization controllers.

  • A shortlist of WAN optimization vendors.

Module 4: Enterprise Access Network

The Purpose

  • Outline the emergence of wireless as an entity separate from wired.
  • Outline wireless standards.
  • Identify the demand for wireless.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Reduced spending by switching to wireless.
  • Education on the benefits of switching to wireless architecture.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Define the coverage area of wireless infrastructure and connectivity.

  • Map of major access points and coverage across a single location.

Module 5: Cloud Ready

The Purpose

  • Define organizations that require cloud readiness.
  • Outline the steps and infrastructure enhancements required to bring the enterprise network to a cloud ready system.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand if and why your organization needs to be cloud ready.
  • Understand what is required to bring your infrastructure to cloud ready status.

Activities

Outputs

5.1

Determine if your organization needs to be cloud ready.

Module 6: BYOD/NAC

The Purpose

  • Prepare organizations for the onslaught of personal mobile devices connecting to the corporate network.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of the security measures required to keep corporate resources secure from a BYOD ecosystem.

Activities

Outputs

6.1

Identify known devices connecting to the network.

  • A list of known devices already connected to the network.
6.2

Outline security requirements.

  • Documentation of the required security stadards required in your organization for BYOD readiness.

Search Code: 59365
Published: August 20, 2013
Last Revised: August 20, 2013