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Top 7 Network and Infrastructure Upgrades

Top 7 Network and Infrastructure Upgrades You Should Consider

February 09, 2023

Having an up-to-date corporate network and IT infrastructure is essential to running a modern business. Advances in network and infrastructure technologies can enable businesses to achieve higher productivity, improve their decision making, and increase their operational agility. In this article, we look at network and infrastructure upgrades that every business should consider.

  1. Software Defined Networks (SDN)
    SDN systems enable companies to better manage their networks. SDN systems provide greater visibility into network performance and can include automation to speed problem management. The result is a network that is more reliable, more efficient, easily scalable when needed, and more cost-effective in the long run.

  2. Cloud Computing
    Cloud computing can offer many benefits to organizations, including improved business system performance, rapid scalability, enhanced system and data integration, operational agility, and reduction in overhead infrastructure and administrative costs (See also: The Business Case for Cloud-Native Transformation). Cloud platforms offer a wide range of deployment and resource management options, allowing organizations to choose the solution that best suits their needs.

  3. Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW)
    Upgrading to Next Generation Firewalls consolidates various security functions into a single integrated platform. NGFW combine the features of traditional firewalls with integrated intrusion detection and prevention, antivirus protection, spam and malware protection, endpoint security, role-based access management, and policy enforcement capabilities. By deploying NGFW, you can enhance security, simplify security infrastructure, reduce the effort required for security management, and improve overall performance.

  4. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology allows you to host operating systems and desktop applications on a central server instead of individual devices. This centralized approach makes management and security of end-user computing devices easier. By utilizing VDI, you can achieve greater control and efficiency in managing your desktop environment.

  5. Intent-Based Networking (IBN)
    Intent-Based Networking is an advanced networking approach that leverages AI, machine learning, and automation to proactively manage networks. Compared to traditional network management technologies, IBN reduces the reliance on human intervention. IBN systems identify threats and performance issues in real-time and take the necessary actions to address them. These systems continuously learn from your organization's usage patterns, gradually improving their capabilities over time.

  6. Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies
    IoT devices can provide valuable insights into the location and status of assets such as servers, switches, and routers, making their management and maintenance more efficient. By collecting performance and usage data, IoT devices help identify potential issues before they cause downtime, allowing for proactive maintenance.

  7. DevOps
    DevOps practices streamline the process of integrating and delivering updates to your network and infrastructure systems. By automating build, test, and deployment processes, teams can make changes quickly and efficiently. With the improved monitoring and observability that DevOps provides, teams can promptly identify and resolve any issues that may arise.

Tags:  Cloud, Managed Services