Every enterprise is taking its own unique path to digital transformation. From which lines of business take priority in adopting new technology to how you determine which workloads will migrate to the cloud, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to integrating new digital tools.
What’s consistent across all instances of digital transformation is the critical role the network plays in supporting the changes. From multiplying endpoints like mobile devices and tablets to the shifting of applications to the cloud, the network must be equipped to drive business objectives. This means handling increased data flows, changing security threats and a more complex infrastructure.
There are four factors that are largely driving changes to the network:
Digital transformation itself: The network must be built for the fast-paced technology changes in effect, as well as those that are emerging. From 5G to artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), the network can’t simply be configured for today.
Cloud migration: The sheer volume of data moving in and out of the network to cloud applications, as well as the increased vulnerability that is introduced when users are directly accessing cloud applications requires a forward-facing network approach. Enterprises wanting to preserve network performance are rethinking how they build and house infrastructure, and looking for technology that reduces costs and optimizes network capabilities.
Supply chain connectivity: The demands of a hyperconnected supply chain are also shaping the way enterprises approach their networks. An interconnected approach is necessary to allow the enterprise to interact with supply chain partners while bypassing the public internet.
Security: This is the topic that keeps network management awake at night. An ever-changing security landscape introduces new threats every day, and almost by the minute. With multi-cloud environments, the adoption of blockchain and regulatory changes, and shifting threats, security is a priority at every enterprise.
The traditional method of building the network has been focused on a centralized management point, with extensions spanning out from a core that is built, deployed and managed at headquarters. Digital transformation demands a new approach that inverts this design, with network solutions managed locally to mitigate security concerns and improve performance. These changes are moving enterprises toward more decentralized network solutions with private connections that allow their business processes to operate without interruption.
If you’re looking for new ways to ensure your network is prepared for digital transformation, contact us at TailWind. We offer certified onsite technician support, asset management of your existing equipment, and high-speed broadband connectivity. When you partner with TailWind, your network will never hold you back.