Modernize the Enterprise Network in Five Steps

This is not your father’s network.

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Organizations that have not stayed current:

  • As organizations expand, so too must the network. Generally, these network expansions have been completed on the fly, implementing new infrastructure as requirements demand.
  • These ad hoc upgrades have led to poorly designed network architectures that make managing the network difficult, lead to bottlenecks of traffic, and cause outages on a regular basis.

Post network modernization:

  • The corporate network is able to optimize traffic on the fly based on traffic type.
  • End users are provided with a consistent experience across the network regardless of location or connection type.
  • The network is cloud ready and ready for the future implementation of SDN.

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.

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