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Network modernisation for competitive agility


Organisations need greater IT agility to stay competitive but too often network constraints can block IT responsiveness.

At the same time, the shift to cloud-based infrastructure is accelerating and device/endpoint numbers are growing exponentially, according to a new report from Equinix.

Businesses need better agility to support this transformation and the accompanying exponential growth in data traffic. At its core, modernising your network infrastructure means replacing your existing legacy network infrastructure with more modern, adaptable solutions.

Enterprises need network agility to quickly deploy connectivity where it is needed and supply scalable bandwidth; ensure all the devices and users running and consuming apps and data can count on reliable connections;

Easily scale and optimise WANs distributed app environments to enable remote work (in the process, ensuring business continuity) and meet increasingly unpredictable business demands;

Accelerate network flexibility by speeding your network’s ability to change while improving performance, resilience, security and management simplicity;

Allocate network resources on demand, pay for and use only what you need, instead of provisioning peak bandwidth needs, which results in higher costs, from capacity that is unused for long periods.

By 2024, to increase agility and enhance support for cloud applications, 60 per cent of enterprises will have implemented SD-WAN, up from less than 20 per cent today.

Multicloud connectivity over WAN can be complex, expensive and of poor quality. 92 per cent of organisations surveyed reported having a multicloud strategy with 82 per cent taking a hybrid approach.

Expanding security perimeters and reducing costs by shifting traffic to the public internet exponentially increases risk. Businesses today use an average of 80 IT-sanctioned SaaS apps, a 5x increase in just three years and a 10x increase since 2015.

Physical distance causes poor response time, bottlenecks and degraded performance. IP network-connected devices will grow to 29.3 billion by 2023, up nearly 60 per cent from 2018.

Distributed users, data and apps Complicated wide area networking topologies can’t scale at the rate business requires. By 2025, more than 50 per cent of enterprise-managed data will be created and processed outside the data centre or cloud.

Skyrocketing bandwidth demand Competition for bandwidth is growing rapidly, including the use of cloud-based applications and collaboration tools. Globally, the most ecosystem-connected businesses—those directly interconnecting with partners to provide their own digital services—have expanded their digital operations more in the past five quarters than in the previous five years.

Over 90 per cent of organisations will implement edge computing within five years. Edge computing investments are forecast to realise an average ROI of 24 per cent within three years.

The benefits of overcoming the barriers to agility include 45 per cent average latency reduction and 60–70 per cent transport cost reduction.

A modernised network allowed digital leaders, organisations who accelerate transformation for a competitive advantage, to meet performance and responsiveness requirement in the most efficient way—which is how service providers do it.

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