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A Blueprint for a Frictionless Network

A Blueprint for a Frictionless Network

While, digitization may have rewritten the rules of network management, the mounting number of security breaches illustrates issues that require intervention. To make matters worse, the emergence of software-defined networks (SDN), mobility, Cloud, video, and IoT and the incredible growth of connected devices, pose an important question – “Are networks built on the foundation of rapidly ageing hardware able to handle these new imperatives?” Just consider the Cloud. It’s established itself as a business enabler, allowing small and medium companies to access previously unattainable IT capabilities. But, simply migrating to the “cloud” in order to follow trends comes with an inherent set of risks. According to recent reports, traffic from wireless and personal mobile devices will account for 63 percent of total IP traffic by 2021. As enterprises embrace the mobile workforce culture by introducing BYOD and pro-nonlocal data access policies, the complexity of network connectivity, security and operations will increase phenomenally.

The digital business network needs to quickly evolve to support deeper, more meaningful forms of worker and customer interaction. This, in turn, means organizations must simplify and automate network operations by taking the human operator out of the mix, and freeing them up to focus upstream, understanding and executing technology imperatives.

Technologies like Cisco’s new Digital Network Architecture (DNA), offers a new blueprint for extending the capabilities of an existing network to accommodate data centers, Cloud and IoT infrastructures without compromising availability, scalability, or performance. Supported by Cisco’s Catalyst 9000 series of switches, the DNA infrastructure is designed to deliver network services that enable:

  • Frictionless connectivity
  • Security services that protect data and meaningfully gate user access
  • Digital services for optimizing business application
  • Management services which lower operational cost

In effect, the DNA blueprint empowers a mobile workforce while simplifying the IT operations required to support it. The backbone of this new network architecture is the Catalyst 9000, which comes in three different versions (Catalyst 9300, 9400 and 9500) — enterprises can choose from these, depending on the density and bandwidth required.

Here are the key differentiators for these devices in the series:

Since the network infrastructure itself is the enabler for digital transformation, it must support faster deployment of network devices and services, intuitive user management, and efficient troubleshooting. In this context, Cisco’s DNA Center acts as a centralized network management application for handling end-to-end networks across the campus, branch, and WAN to the Cloud. Using structured workflows, DNA Center makes it easy to design the network, automate provisioning of new devices, simplify management of user policy, and diminish network downtime.

For network engineers, the Cisco DNA Center serves as a single view dashboard for monitoring end-to-end network performance. By rewiring the network as a software-driven, automated system with built-in encryption capabilities and analytics, it enables scalability and reduces OPEX by 61%.

With a logical workflow to design, provision, and set policies, network engineers can predict problems before they occur, and respond to changes faster — reducing overall downtime. The solution is also capable of discovering threats in encrypted packets at wireline speeds, leading to:

  • Network provisioning reduction by 67%
  • Issue resolution improvement by 80%
  • Security breach reduction by 48%

This eases the process of managing hardware and software lifecycles, helping IT achieve compliance requirements and systematically plan for upgrades and refreshes. This also brings down the cost of managing network infrastructure by up to 70%. If deployed in tandem, the Catalyst hardware and the DNA center can lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by 70%.

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Meet the Author:

Phil J. Mogavero
Vice President, Network Solutions




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