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.

Modernize the Enterprise Network in Five Steps

1

Optimize the network across the organization

Create an efficient and cost effective network.

2

Communicate with stakeholders

Develop a strategy for network modernization.

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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