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Take These Six Steps to a Better Network

Published: 02 December 2016

ID: G00307825

Analyst(s): Sanjit Ganguli , Andrew Lerner


The task of maintaining highly available network infrastructure, while simultaneously preparing for new business and technological requirements, is daunting. Senior network leaders should use these six steps to improve agility, increase uptime and reduce operating costs within their networks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Start With an Application- and Business-Centric Design
  • Segment Your Network
  • Take (Calculated) Risks to Foster Innovation
    • Network Incrementalism
    • Avoiding Short-Term Myopia
  • Implement Network Automation
    • Getting Started
    • Tooling
    • Long-Term Network Automation
    • Tool Sprawl
  • Invest in Programmable Network Infrastructure and Skill Sets
  • Move Beyond the (Network) Silo
    • Example: Using the Virtual Switch and Top of Rack to Facilitate Skills Growth
    • Example: Sharing Network Tools

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