Cloud computing offers new opportunities for enterprises to reduce costs, simplify IT and improve the end-user experience. But it’s also creating some new challenges by shifting the burden of application delivery from the data center to the WAN.
As a result, more and more traffic is going through the public Internet. This creates problems for traditional enterprise WAN architectures originally designed to handle mostly internal, predictable traffic. For many companies, the demand for Internet bandwidth is exceeding available network capacity, especially for high-bandwidth software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.
Your dependence on the network is clear: it delivers the critical processes, applications and communication needed by employees at headquarters, branch offices, manufacturing sites, sales offices and other facilities that make up the global footprint. Multi-national companies that span continents place significant pressures on IT departments to piece together a suitable global network infrastructure. However, doing business with third-party network providers can come with complexities, limited reach, performance issues and more—whether you opt for a mix of regional carriers or a single traditional carrier with an established private global network.
Following solid recognition in 2012 through dozens of industry awards, Virtela is again earning accolades for our cloud and managed service innovation and exceptional customer support. These awards reflect Virtela’s continuous commitment to deliver the enterprise networking, security and mobility solutions that help empower our customers to make waves around the globe. Here’s a sampling of our 2013 awards to date.
As workforces become more mobile, the workplace becomes more distributed, surfacing in remote offices, home offices, hotel rooms, airports and coffeehouses. Regardless of wherever and whenever they need them, remote employees need corporate resources at their fingertips.
It’s up to the IT team to ensure that remote and mobile users have quick, secure access to file sharing resources, customer data, ERP software and more—as if they were sitting in the office using the corporate LAN.
Traditional private MPLS networks have been around for nearly two decades. During this time, network operators have been using MPLS to deliver a wide variety of services. However, globalization and changing network requirements, especially those related to the explosion of Internet usage, are demanding more flexibility in the network architectures of today’s enterprises.
IT nonprofit CompTIA recently released the results of its Third Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study, which – as one might expect at this point – shows the use of cloud computing among enterprises is still on the up and up.
According to the study, more than 80 percent of businesses are currently using the cloud in some capacity, marking the third straight year this figure has grown. Even more impressive, the study also found that 85 percent of businesses surveyed have positive feelings about the cloud, up from 72 percent in 2011.
It’s not a bad time to be on the business side of the cloud. In fact, if you keep up with the latest analyst reports and projections, it’s actually a good time to be in the cloud. Gartner’s most recent IT spending report, released earlier this month, predicts cloud spending to nearly double within the next five years, jumping from $109 billion in 2012 to a cool $207 billion in 2016.
Not too shabby.
Of course, it’s not a bad time to be on the customer side of the cloud either. Massive spending growth for the cloud indicates someone must be doing something right.
However, there is still confusion surrounding the cloud. For all its benefits, there are plenty of myths, misconceptions and general misunderstandings about the technology that may hinder businesses from using the cloud to its utmost potential – or in some cases, may lead businesses to develop too high of expectations.
The amount of data that a company now generates on a day-to-day basis is growing at a breakneck pace. According to a 2010 study by IDC and EMC, the so-called digital universe doubles in size every two years. By 2020, the world will generate roughly 50 times the amount of data that it did in 2011. That equals about 90 zettabytes, which is nothing to shake a stick at.
At the same time, much of this information is coming from unstructured sources, like video and social media. Such data holds valuable potential, but it is only effective if a company knows how to handle it properly.