2017 Strategic Roadmap for Networking

Archived Published: 27 February 2017 ID: G00324263

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Enterprises are adopting new IT delivery models and applications that are imposing fundamental network changes from device access to core. I&O leaders need to align their networking capabilities with emerging digital business needs, and to create a culture that rewards innovation.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • The Digital Business Is Changing Network Requirements
    • A New Culture Is Essential to Driving Innovation
    • Cost Containment Enables Innovation
    • A Strategic Network Roadmap
    • Future State
      • Operational Innovation for Digital Business Alignment
      • Functional Innovation
      • Cost Innovation
    • Current State
      • Traditional MPLS WAN Isn't Optimized for the Cloud
      • Public and Private Cloud Networks Are Not Integrated
      • IoT Employs Many Wireless Technologies
      • Real-Time Applications Continue to Grow: Legacy Voice Infrastructure Persists
      • Data Center Networks Are Operated Manually
      • Lack of an Enterprise Network Services Catalog
      • The Network Is Slow to Change, but Expensive to Maintain
    • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
      • Implementing a Cloud-Optimized WAN
      • Achieving Better Network Agility in the Data Center
      • Focus on Unique Requirements for IoT
      • Delivering a Network Services Catalog
      • Optimizing Budget Allocations Across Products and People
    • Migration Plan
      • Higher Priority
      • Medium Priority
      • Lower Priority
  • Evidence
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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