Modern, cloud-driven technologies are profoundly changing the way we work and interact.
With the focus on lowering costs and driving operational efficiency, it is vital that organisations pay attention to the network, the foundation for digital transformation. Whether the focus is on adopting cloud services or process automation, a business-aligned network is critical for creating new opportunities.
As traditional network environments age, they become increasingly challenging to manage and maintain. They have many points of failure and the manual workload involved can take key staff away from higher value projects. Modern, software-defined networks lighten the load, using automation to take care of common, repetitive tasks, troubleshooting and change management. Rules can be easily written so that the software-defined environment prioritises certain apps, while self-healing services detect and fix problems with minimal human intervention. Software-defined networks require less training to effectively manage, and save considerable skilled IT time.
The software-defined networks allow identity and access management rules to be set based on an individual’s role, device, location, etc. Access is based on business policy rules, and there is no need for the cumbersome and complex security configurations commonly associated with traditional network environments. Every approved user has secure access to the tools and applications they need, and none to those they don’t. Damage from both malicious individuals as well as human error are dramatically reduced, and users enjoy secure access to local and cloud-based resources.