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9 best practices to boost your clients’ enterprise network performance

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For your clients to attain the network performance their enterprises need, point them to these nine best practices:

1      Plan for continued bandwidth growth
Your clients will need to prepare for 5G mobility, the internet of things (IoT), video conferencing, collaboration tools, etc. — all of which will accelerate bandwidth demand.

2      Baseline network and cloud services
As cloud migrations snag traffic from beyond your clients’ networks and impact network performance, baselining both cloud applications and the underlying network behavior help define the new normal.

3  Embed security into network design
No longer an afterthought, security needs to be embedded into your clients’ network’s design right from the start.

4      Monitor the network
Without an ability to constantly monitor the network, your clients won’t be able to spot and respond to problem precursors and prevent them from harming network performance and network security.

5      Segment the network
The more your clients’ networks link operations, employees, suppliers, and customers, the more security threats they face. By segmenting the network, your clients can keep attacks on one segment from spreading to others.

6      Embrace the virtualized, software-centric network
Using capabilities like software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and network performance management/application performance management technologies to virtualize systems and functions saves resources and enables automation of key business functions.

7      Commit to real-time network analytics
Network analytics engines can identify redundancies and misapplication of your clients’ resources and power centralized control of functions like security patching, managing software updates and upgrades, and overseeing device lifecycles.

8      Use proof-of-concept network strategies
Requiring proof of concept when your clients procure/configure their networks can prevent problems and mismatches that impact network performance and/or network security.

9      Consider managed network services
As networks become increasingly complex, your clients may be able to benefit from bringing in a network management service provider. Your clients will do best with a provider able to deliver both a breadth and depth of offerings that should include a proven ability to:

Enterprise network performance challenges and the technologies that can help

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Do your clients strain to keep their data networks at the performance levels necessary to stay competitive?

Four network performance challenges
Your clients may be facing one or all of these:

1   More data traffic and faster, too. Annual global IP traffic is increasing by 24% per year and will hit 3.3 zettabytes (3.3 trillion gigabytes) by 2021, when broadband speeds will have nearly doubled.

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Cybersecurity best practices:
Remember the basics + 3 strategies

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In my last post, I described people-focused cybersecurity best practices to share with your clients. This time, I’m adding some key cybersecurity best practices basics as well as three essential cybersecurity strategies.

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7 employee-focused ways your clients can defend against ransomware

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As ransomware goes, WannaCry spread spectacularly far and fast, aiming at enterprises more than consumers – but with meager effect on many, thanks to data backups.

Kudos for all those IT people who take their data backup duties seriously!

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Making your clients’ networks smart enough

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The software-defined, self-optimizing network architecture that ’s so essential to your clients ’ ability to stay in business demands intelligence across the entire network – not just your clients ’ network core but their network edge, too.
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Help your clients keep their customers happy – with an enterprise network transformation

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Do your clients pay attention to customer experience? If not, they certainly should.

Several studies point to how poor customer experiences in multi-channel, mobile, and self-service interactions negatively impact buying decisions. And no wonder – by 2020, 85% of a typical customer’s interaction with an enterprise will not involve a human being. Continue reading

Cloud best practices that strengthen security and performance

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As I mentioned in my last post, organizations increasingly use multiple cloud services and hybrid clouds.

Boosting cloud security with infrastructure and standards

Cloud services providers are also deploying new cloud technologies like automation, microservices, containers, and so on, that boost cloud performance and make public cloud services as secure, or even more secure, than traditional on-premises environments.
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When downtime strikes

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Lurking behind many downtime incidents are mundane causes – a failed UPS, human error, a malfunctioning component.

But increasingly, your clients will discover downtime causes stemming from a class of culprits best characterized as IT complexity.

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Force Multipliers:

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Veterans can sometimes be like cross-fitters and vegans-if you haven’t figured out who they are in the first five minutes of speaking with them, they will most likely tell you within the next five minutes of your conversation. Take me for instance, I’m a clean-eating combat veteran with a respectable 4-minute Fran time myself. See what I did there? I hope you’ll give me a pass.

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Help your clients get proactive about cybersecurity

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In my previous post, I pointed to several top security threats your clients face in attempting to protect their data and systems.

Cyberthreats like app attacks, web attacks, social engineering exploits, and ransomware are only a few of your customers’ concerns. They must also (or will soon) contend with breaches that steal or corrupt huge swaths of “big data,” the risks of trusting IoT (Internet of Things) devices and sensors, and the dangerous vulnerabilities of industrial control systems.
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